Roadmap Update for Big Data Appliance Releases (4.11 and beyond)

With the release of BDA version 4.10 we added a number of interesting features, but for various reasons we did slip behind our targets in up taking the Cloudera updates within a reasonable time. To understand what we do before we ship the latest CDH on BDA and why we think we should spend that time, review this post.

That all said, we have decide to rejigger the releases and do the following:

  1. Focus BDA 4.11 solely on up taking the latest CDH 5.13.1 and related OS and Java updates, thus catching up in timelines to the CDH releases
  2. Move all features that were planned for 4.11 to the next release, which will then be on track to uptake CDH 5.14 on our regular schedule

So what does this mean in terms of release timeframes, and what does it mean for what we talked about at Openworld for BDA (shown as a image below, review full slide deck incl. our cloud updates at the Openworld site)?

BDA version 4.11.0 will have the following updates:

  • Uptake of CDH 5.13.1 – as usual, because we will be very close to the first update to 5.13, we will include that and time our BDA release as close to that as possible. This would get us to BDA 4.11.0 around mid December, assuming the CDH update retains it dates
  • Update the latest OS versions, Kernel etc. to update to state of the art on Oracle Linux 6, and include all security patches
  • Update MySQL, Java and again ensure all security patches are included

BDA version 4.12.0 will have the following updates:

  • Uptake of CDH 5.14.x – we are still evaluating the dates and timing for this CDH release and whether or not we go with the .0 or .1 version here. Goal here is to deliver this release 4 weeks or so after CDH drops. Expect early calendar 2018, with more precise updates coming to this forum as we know more.
  • Include roadmap features as follows:
    • Dedicated Kafka cluster on BDA nodes
    • Full cluster on OL7 (aligning with the OL7 edge nodes)
    • Big Data Manager available on BDA
    • Non-stop Hadoop, and proceeding on making more and more components HA out of the box
    • Fully managed BDA edge nodes
  • The usual OS, Java and MySQL updates per the normal release cadence
  • Updates to related components like Big Data Connectors etc.

All of this means that we pulled in the 4.11.0 version to the mid December time frame, while we pushed out the 4.12.0 version by no more then maybe a week or so… So, this looks like a win-win on all fronts.

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