MapR Free On-Demand Training Now Includes Apache Spark

October 27, 2015

Enables developers to get started with building big data pipelines and real-time applications using Spark

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop® that integrates web-scale enterprise storage and real-time database capabilities, today announced at Spark Summit EMEA the availability of the first free Apache Spark course as part of a new series in its Hadoop On-Demand Training program. Apache Spark Essentials provides developers with the essentials for building Spark-based applications on Hadoop.

"The response to our free Hadoop On-Demand Training has been tremendous,” said Dave Jespersen, vice president, worldwide services, MapR Technologies. “Based on customer demand, we've now added Spark to our selection of comprehensive courses. This training complements MapR support of the entire Apache Spark stack, giving developers and enterprise architects the most choice, as well as production-proven reliability and performance for Hadoop and Spark big data applications.”

The Apache Spark Essentials course is available now and is the first in a series of Spark classes offered in the free Hadoop On-Demand Training program from MapR. This new course introduces the benefits of Apache Spark for developing big data applications. In the first part of the course, developers will use the Spark interactive shell to load and inspect data. The curriculum includes various deployment modes for Spark where students will build and launch a standalone Spark application. The concepts are taught using scenarios that also form the basis of hands-on labs available for practice.

Additionally, MapR will release its second free Spark course, Build and Monitor Apache Spark Applications, later in the quarter. The curriculum for this class includes working with Resilient Distributed Datasets (RDDs), using Spark SQL and DataFrames, and understanding the Spark execution model.

Students of the free MapR On-Demand Training program can apply the recently announced $500 of credit to spend on Google Cloud Platform services for completing labs. This incentive gives students an opportunity to complete Spark course lab exercises using Google’s industry-leading cloud infrastructure at no charge, further supporting Hadoop skills development.

More than 40,000 professionals have already enrolled in the free Hadoop On-Demand Training program from MapR. Coursework includes the same level of depth and content as instructor-led training, with hands-on exercises, labs and quizzes that ensure an engaging and interactive experience for data professionals. The program also offers certification exams for different audiences, leading to certified Hadoop professional designations for developers, data analysts and administrators.

Visit here to see the full list of courses and to sign up for the new Spark class or any other of the free classes as part of the Hadoop On-Demand Training program.

Additional resources to get started with Spark

  • MapR offers Spark-based Quick Start Solutions for Hadoop for real-time security log analytics, time series analytics, and genome sequencing. More information available here
  • A new ebook authored by James A. Scott, co-founder of the Chicago Hadoop Users Group and director of enterprise strategy and architecture at MapR, is now available. “Getting Started with Apache Spark” explains beyond the first steps to getting this powerful technology into production on Hadoop. Download it here.
  • Download and run Apache Spark applications as part of the MapR Sandbox. This tutorial shows you how to get started. MapR supports the entire Apache Spark 1.4 stack. Apache Spark 1.5.1 is available for MapR as a Developer Preview.

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