If you want to try out the MapR Converged Data Platform to see its unique big data capabilities but don’t have a cluster of hardware immediately available, you still have a few other options. For example, you can spin up a MapR cluster in the cloud using multiple node instances on one of our IaaS partners (Amazon, Azure, etc.).
MapR has worked closely with Azure to develop sandboxes that enable users to do a proof of concept with the MapR Converged Data Platform. These sandboxes, which are pre-loaded and preconfigured with the MapR software and the required supporting operating system, can be launched on the Azure Marketplace portal.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on all the great product enhancements that have been coming out of MapR, you will know that the 5.2 version of the MapR Converged Data Platform went GA this summer. It takes a few cycles to make the platform available on the AWS marketplace, largely due to the testing efforts required.
With the advent of container technology like Docker and application resource management platforms such as Apache Mesos, enterprise customers are looking at these technologies very seriously as they promise much shorter development cycles and highly scalable product deployment.
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