VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE)

VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) is a virtual appliance that enables administrators to deploy and manage the Hadoop clusters for big data analytics in the vSphere virtual infrastructure.

BDE is the enterprise version of Project Serengeti, the open-source project started in 2012 by VMware to virtualize Hadoop distributions. BDE connects to vCenter to allow administrators to create, monitor and oversee Hadoop components on the vSphere platform.

VMware released BDE in 2013 and updated it to version 2.0 in 2014. BDE works with several Hadoop distributions including Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Pivotal. BDE requires vSphere 5.0 or higher running on an Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license.

This was last updated in March 2015

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