Today, the enterprise data is generating at a rapid rate, and how we make use of this data for the development of a company matters a lot. Hadoop is evolving to new heights with its enormous support to the big data storage and analytics. Companies across the globe started transferring their data to Hadoop to join with the early adopters of this technology, and to gain maximum benefits from the data they possess.
If you are looking to learn what is Hadoop and how it works, then you are at right place. In this tutorial, we are going to discuss essential topics of Big data Hadoop & its features. We are going to cover all the topics right from the basic to advanced level. Now, let’s get into the subject without waiting.
Data is a distinct piece of information collected and stored for the purpose of future references. This information lies in different formats such as text, video, audio, or software programs.
There are multiple sources from which the data is getting generated on a regular basis. It was very limited in the past. But, the sources of data generation have been increasing over the years due to technological advancements, and with the easy availability of the internet. The data is produced from different sources such as social media, cameras, microphones, radio-frequency identification readers, business transactions, and information from sensors etc.
Today, the advanced developments in IOT (Internet of Things) and social media have made the roots for huge data creation. There are lakhs of IoT devices and social media users who are generating data relentlessly.
Big data is a term which is used to indicate the large volumes of data that may be structured or unstructured. Business organizations process this data to get the hidden insight out of it, and it helps them in taking instant & valid decisions. Big data is associated with different challenges such as the collection of data, storing, transferring, analysis, visualization, querying etc..
Organizations process extensive data sets by using relational database management systems, and software packages to visualize this data, but these traditional tools failed to do that due to increased data volumes. To solve this problem, we need high computational power systems which can process the data parallelly on thousands of servers.
How much data an organization owns is not essential but how efficiently they can utilize it matters most. If an organization can make the maximum of big data, then it will have better growth in the future. There are many benefits of big data such as cost saving, time reduction, new product development, understanding market trends etc.
In the conventional method, an enterprise typically has a system to process and store the big data. Here, data will be stored in RDBMS, such as MS SQL servers, Oracle database, and advanced software can be written to integrate with the database and process the required data to present it to the user for decision making.
But, when it comes to handling the massive amount of data using traditional processors it was a tedious work as well as these processors were unable to cope up with increased volumes of data. To overcome this hindrance, there was an urgent need for the development of software which can tackle the data processing problem. That made the roots for the development of a software framework known as Hadoop.
Hadoop is an open source software framework which is designed to store the enormous volumes of data sets in a distributed way on large clusters of the commodity. Hadoop software has been designed on a paper released by Google on MapReduce, and it applies concepts of functional programming. Hadoop was developed in Java programming language, and it was designed by Doug Cutting and Michael J. Cafarella and licensed under the Apache V2 license.
In this section, let’s discuss all the elements of Hadoop and how they can help Hadoop in standing out of all the other software. Hadoop is capable of processing large volumes of data with its enormous computational power. As we know, it is an open source software which we can customize according to our organizational needs. It is cost effective and fast processor compared to traditional processors.
Below explained are the unique features of Hadoop.
1. Flexibility in data processing
In the past, organizations faced a problem in processing data. They did not have the technology to process the data. They used to process only structured data which is a small portion of the entire data. They ignored data which was unstructured or semi-structured. Due to this, they lost the value they could have acquired by processing unstructured data.
But, Hadoop has come up with the solutions to all these data-related problems. It can process all kinds of data, whether it may be structured, unstructured, or semi-structured. Hadoop filters Big data and brings the hidden value into the light, which helps organizations in taking quick & valid decisions that work in real time.
2. Easily Scalable
This feature made Hadoop more popular. It’s an open source platform which can run on any industry standard hardware. It makes Hadoop exceptionally scalable platform where one can easily add nodes to the system when required without making any alterations to the existing system or programs.
3. Fault Tolerance
This feature of Hadoop assures users free from fear of losing data. In Hadoop, when a user stores the data in HDFS, then the data gets automatically replicated into two other locations. So, even in the case where one system collapses, the data will still be available in two other locations.
Its fault tolerance system makes Hadoop extremely reliable data warehouse system. When anything goes wrong, or if a node loses its functionality, then the system automatically assigns the work to another location of data, and it works continuously to process the data without any stoppage in between due to node failovers.
4. High-speed data processing:
Our traditional data processors used to take a long time to process the data. Sometimes, it may take hours, or maybe days, or even weeks as well to load the data. The demand to analyze the real-time data has been increasing day by day.
Hadoop is highly effective and fast at high volume batch processing because of its parallel processing ability. Hadoop processes data ten times faster than on a mainframe or on a single thread server.
5. Data Locality
It works on data locality formula which states that, move computation to data rather than moving data to computation. Whenever a user submits the algorithm, it directly goes into the data instead of bringing data to the location where the algorithm is applied and processes it.
Hadoop mainly comprises four components, and they are explained below.
It is considered as one of the Hadoop core components because it serves as a medium or a SharePoint for all other Hadoop components. Hadoop common consists of a set of libraries or common utilities that support other Hadoop modules. Let's consider an example: If HBase or Hive wants access to HDFS, first they have to make use of Java archives (JAR files) which are presented in the Hadoop Common.
It is a default data storage for Hadoop and the data is stored in HDFS until the user needs it for processing. In HDFS, the data is split into multiple units called blocks and gets distributed in the cluster. It creates several replicas of data blocks and spread all over the clusters for reliable and easy access.
HDFS consists of three other main components which are Namenode, Data Node, and secondary Name node. It operates on Master-Slave architecture model. In this architecture, Namenode acts as a master node to keep track of the storage system, and Data node works as a slave node, to sum up, various systems in the Hadoop cluster.
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Below are some unique features of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).
The main idea behind the YARN is to segregate the functionalities of resource management and job scheduling into different daemons. YARN is responsible for assigning resources to various applications that run on Hadoop cluster.
YARN consists of two main components which are Resource manager and Node manager. These 2 components together create the data computation framework. The resource manager has the authority to delegate the work among all applications in the system whereas the node manager is responsible for containers, and monitors their resource utilization (CPU, disk, memory, network) and transmits the same information to the Resource manager.
YARN components : ( Yet Another Resource Negotiator)
Hadoop YARN decentralizes the work between Its components and makes them responsible for completing the assigned task. Below explained are the tasks assigned to different Core components of YARN.
MapReduce is a major component of Apache Hadoop. It enables developers in writing applications to process the enormous volumes of data. MapReduce is written in Java and is able to compute large sets of data. Its primary task is to split the data into small independent chunks that are easy to process in a parallel way.
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MapReduce algorithm consists of two core components which are Map and Reduce. Reduce function starts once the Map function finishes its task. The map takes specific data and transforms this data into tuples. Reduce function takes the output of the Map function and combines them to create another set of tuples. Parallel processing feature of MapReduce plays a critical role in Hadoop. It allows multiple machines in the same cluster to perform big data analysis.
Let’s discuss each function in detail.
Mapper function is used to convert the input data. The data may be in different formats such as files or directories which are stored in HDFS. The entire data is passed into the Map Function in a sequential manner, and it converts the data into tuples.
In this stage, the data is shuffled and reduced to some extent. It executes data processing function with the output of Map function. After completion of reduce function, it produces a new output which automatically gets stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System.
Big data is growing at a rapid speed, and the organizations also started to depend on these data to harness the hidden insights out of it. IDC estimates that the growth of the organizations depends on how effectively they utilize Big data. To process these data organizations requires skilled human resource.
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According to Forbes, the recent study shows massive growth in the percentage of industries, looking for candidates who have excellent analytical skills to drive insights from big data. Technical services, manufacturing, IT, Retail, and Finance industries are among the top in hiring the Big data professionals. The requirement in these industries may vary according to their level of usage of big data.
The median advertised salary for a professional with big data expertise is $1,24,000 per annum. There are Different jobs available in this category which are Big Data Platform Engineer, Information System developer, Software Engineer, Data Quality director and many other roles also there.
Hadoop can be installed on GNU/Linux and its flavors. To set up a Hadoop environment, we need to install the Linux operating system on our system. If you are using any OS other than Linux you can still install VirtualBox software and can have Linux inside of the VirtualBox.
Before installing Hadoop, we need to create a Linux environment by using Secure Shell. Below mentioned are the steps to follow to create the Linux environment.
At the starting, it is recommended to create a user for Hadoop separating to segregate Hadoop file system from Unix file system.
SSH Setup and key generation:
SSH key helps in Performing different operations, which are starting, stopping, distributed node operations, etc. To connect with different users of Hadoop, we need a pair of public/private key, and it should be shared with the all other users of Hadoop.
Java is the main prerequisite for running Hadoop. Check the java version of your system, and if java is not installed in your system, then install it, and set up the configurations required to run Hadoop.
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The final step is to download Hadoop and Extract 2.4.1 from Apache software foundation. For more information on the installation process, click here
After downloading and setting up the Hadoop, we will be having three ways to use it, which are the Local mode or standalone mode, Pseudo-distributed mode and Fully distributed mode. Let's have some idea about each mode.
1. Local Mode or Standalone Mode
Standalone mode is the default mode used to run Hadoop. It works faster than two other modes because it uses the local file system for all the input and output data. Standalone mode helps in debugging purpose where we don’t use HDFS.
2. Pseudo-distributed Mode
It is also known as a single node cluster because the Namenode and Data node resides on the same machine. In pseudo-distributed mode, all the master and slave daemons will run on the same node. This mode is mainly used for the testing purpose and helps the development process.
3. Fully-Distributed Mode (Multi-Node Cluster)
It is the production model of the Hadoop with multiple nodes running on two or more machine on the same cluster. In a multi-node cluster, the data will be distributed on each node and processing will also be done on each node.
Let’s consider two use cases to know exactly how it works in real-time:
Hadoop in the Healthcare sector
Healthcare is one of the main industries which has got benefited a lot from big data & Hadoop. It has leveraged big data for curing diseases, recording patient health data, reducing medical cost, predicting and creating a solution for epidemics, and maintaining the quality of human life by tracking records of large-scale health indices and metrics. In this section, let's discuss how Hadoop can help Healthcare sector by using big data.
The data generated in the Healthcare sector is very vast because of the transactions that happen every day. McKinsey forecasted that with the implementation of big data and Hadoop in the healthcare sector can reduce data Warehouse expenses by $300-$500 billion dollars per annum globally. It is complicated to handle the massive electronic health data with traditional database management systems. Hadoop helped in solving this problem with the capability to process the complex data types on its distributed file systems. Using Hadoop to process these large data sets can help Health sector in taking instant real-time decisions, finding clinical solutions for epidemics, fault tolerance, and data querying.
Hadoop allows storing the multiple structures of data in its native way. It can process massive amounts of healthcare data with ease with its parallel data processing, fault tolerance system, and storage capacity for a large number of data sets. Hadoop system has made the data processing simple and clear.
Big data and Hadoop play a crucial role in the development of the healthcare insurance business. It uses Healthcare intelligence applications to process data on the distributed database system and assists hospitals, beneficiaries and medical insurance companies to enhance their product value by creating smart business plans.
Let's consider an example here: If a medical insurance company can get to know the data or amount of people who are non-victims of any diseases under the specific age, then it is effortless for the company to create a product which is least priced and can yield high benefits for both the parties. To develop such kind of policies, it needs to process large volumes of data of different types such as geographic regions, diseases, patient care records, and medication records of patients, etc. Hadoop is the only tool which can process these many varieties of data at a very economical price.
The primary motive behind the implementation of big data and Hadoop in healthcare is to store and analyze the health care data which can be leveraged to spot the health trends of billions of population across the world and to create the treatment plans for the patients according to their requirements.
Hadoop in Retail sector
The retail industry is one of the fast-growing segments in today's business world. This sector relies largely on data to make appropriate decisions, to promote existing products, new product development, to make investments decisions, etc. They capture the vast amounts of data delivered from the point of sale transactions from various sources. They process this data to analyze market trends and consumer behavior. With this information, they will be able to predict the future demand for their products and services.
Retail analytics is one of the primary users of the data warehouse industry and is responsible for the development and innovation of the retail sector. It is responsible for collecting and storing data about various transactions of consumers and their purchasing behavior. Retail segment uses its previous sales data along with Hadoop and MapReduce to analyze the data and to increase the sales.
The data that the retail stores generate today is no longer like it used to be previously. Today, to process these new varieties of data, we need advanced processing mechanisms such as language processing, sentiment analysis, pattern recognition, etc. Traditional database management systems are no longer able to process and store the complex data meant for such analysis.
Hadoop stepped into the situation to solve the data processing problem in the retail segment. Dump all historical Sale Point data into Hadoop cluster, and after that, you can build analytics applications using MapReduce, Hive, and Apache Spark. It provides us with a system to analyze the massive amount of data with low latency and at a very reasonable price.
Several retail companies out there have benefited from the usage of Hadoop technology. Let’s consider the real-time scenarios of two companies Etsy and Sears. Etsy runs its business via online stores, whereas Sears operates over online and Offline. The ultimate goal of these two companies is to analyze the data for multiple uses such as sales management, inventory management, marketing campaigns, etc.
These companies have used Amazon Elastic MapReduce services to create a Hadoop Cluster. Etsy and Sears used this cluster to store and Analyse data, and after that, to estimate product promotion, targeted marketing, inventory management, product placement, search recommendation, consumer behavior, etc.
Following are the main areas in the retail industry where big data and Hadoop are being used.
The number of users of social media and retail channels has been increasing over the years. Before making any purchase decision, customers are doing the right amount of market research. With this kind of behavior, customers are quickly shifting from one retailer to another.
It is essential for retail companies to have awareness on customer behavior and the strategies of other companies to stay in the market. It is necessary for the companies to make use of Big data and Hadoop to understand consumer behavior and in creating products and services, to sustain in the business in the long run.
So, till now, we have analyzed what big data is, what is Hadoop, and what are all components which are associated with it. I hope you have got an idea from the beginning of data generation to its processing with the help of Hadoop. Happy Learning!
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