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Big Data and Analytics Solutions

Accelerate your Third Platform data analytics. Store new, unstructured data and keep it available—so your Hadoop, NoSQL, and Splunk workloads are always running. NetApp data analytic solutions deliver an open, scalable storage platform for building the data lake.



Deploy an available, flexible, and scalable Hadoop cluster. Run Hadoop in place on existing NFS data. Accelerate your time to insights.

  • Hadoop Solutions
  • Storage Solution for Hadoop
  • NFS Connector for Hadoop
  • FlexPod Select for Hadoop



Achieve consistent high performance. Access your NoSQL data more frequently. Scale with CPUs and storage decoupled.

  • NoSQL Database Solutions
  • Couchbase Server Solutions



Gain uptime to run Splunk applications. Accelerate searches—up to 104% on static, 34% on streaming. Leverage validated reference architectures.

  • Splunk Solutions



Key Point

  • Focus more on Hadoop analytics—and less on downtime maintenance.
  • Run Hadoop in place on FAS (NFS) data—without moving or copying data.
  • Choose FlexPod for pre-configured, enterprise-class Hadoop infrastructure.
  • Complete Hadoop jobs faster—with higher throughput, using less capacity.
  • Combine the power of Hadoop with robust data management.

Accelerate insights from all your data—with validated NetApp storage solutions for Hadoop.

Gaining insights from Hadoop—especially those critical for meeting tight enterprise SLAs—demands a flexible, highly available, and scalable storage platform. We designed NetApp solutions for Hadoop to build and simplify a more scalable Hadoop deployment—getting you to results faster.

The core NSH solution (PDF) is validated with NetApp E-Series storage, and two CVDs for the FlexPod Select with Hadoop solution—one each for Cloudera and Hortonworks—provide reference architectures with Cisco hardware to reduce your time and risk while building a Hadoop cluster. NetApp solutions for Hadoop (NSH) and NFS Connector can serve as a foundation for your data lake.

Storage Solution for Hadoop

NetApp Storage Solution for Hadoop delivers ready-to-deploy, flexible Hadoop clusters for handling big-data analytics.

NetApp Storage Solution for Hadoop provides a ready-to-deploy, enterprise-class infrastructure for the Hadoop platform—so you can control and gain insights from big data. Validated reference architectures deliver reliable Hadoop clusters and seamless integration of Hadoop with existing infrastructures. NetApp Hadoop solutions can reduce Hadoop cluster downtime and lower both storage and operating expenses.

An open ecosystem with best-of-breed components delivers a comprehensive Hadoop stack to address big data analytic challenges for any kind of structured or unstructured data.

There are two main types of Hadoop reference designs available for deployment:

  • NetApp Storage Solution for Hadoop
    For businesses that already have their own servers and networking and need branded, enterprise class storage validated with a Hadoop distribution.
  • FlexPod Select with Hadoop
    Joint reference architecture featuring pre-sized, enterprise-class components for Hadoop; validated on NetApp storage and Cisco UCS servers, with Cloudera and Hortonworks distributions of Hadoop.

NFS Connector for Hadoop

Run big data analytics on existing data stored on NFS-based systems: NetApp NFS Connector for Hadoop.

Employ NetApp NFS Connector for Hadoop to run big data analytics on NFSv3 data—without moving the data, creating a separate analytics silo, or setting up a Hadoop cluster. You can start analyzing existing data with Hadoop right away. Your IT staff can support Hadoop with ease. Workflows are simplified because you don’t have to copy and manage data across silos.

Leverage NFS Connector to run proof-of-concept, then set up a Hadoop cluster using NetApp Solutions for Hadoop for data from external sources.

NFS Connector lets you swap-out of Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) for NFS or run NFS alongside HDFS. NFS Connector works with MapReduce for compute or processing and supports other Apache projects, including HBase (columnar database) and Spark (processing engine compatible with Hadoop). These capabilities let NFS Connector support diverse workloads—including batch, in-memory, streaming, and more. 

FlexPod Select for Hadoop Solutions

Speed your time to insights. Rely on pretested NetApp and Cisco configurations for dedicated big-data analytic workloads.

NetApp FlexPod Select solutions are built for your dedicated, big-data workloads like Hadoop. These preconfigured, scalable solutions combine storage, networking, and servers—all validated with analytical applications.

You'll speed deployment. Reduce risk. And accelerate time-to-value for all your data.

FlexPod Select for Hadoop components include:

  • NetApp E-Series storage systems
  • Cisco Unified Computing System servers and fabric interconnect
  • Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH) or Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP)

NetApp works with Cisco for infrastructure support and Cloudera or Hortonworks for Hadoop support. You get access to expert technical support on the full range of interoperable technologies involved.

FlexPod Select Reference Architectures

Validated configurations FlexPod Select with Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) are designed for high-availability, enterprise-class Hadoop environments on the FlexPod Select architecture. Both reference architectures are Cisco Validated Designs.