Sandbox is a virtual machine image that has already installed Hortonworks Data Platform. Its main purpose is to showcase common tools and frameworks of Big Data world.
In its HUE (Hadoop User Experience) interface you can load data sets into HDFS and manipulate with it using Pig and Hive. It’s one of the easiest way to become familiar with Hadoop and it’s ecosystem. Sandbox is an analog of Cloudera QuickStart VM.
When Sandbox VM is up and running you can go to 127.0.0.1:8888 in your browser and checkout its web-page.
Also you should be able to see HUE web-UI by reaching 127.0.0.1:8000
Hortonworks Data Platform distributes its own Apache-licensed web-application to control your cluster. It is called Apache Ambari and you can see it on 127.0.0.1:8080. We have a more detailed article about Ambari. It explains all essentials of using this product. Don’t hesitate to check it out.
Now you know what is Hortonworks Sandbox. If you want to test some Big Data frameworks, go ahead and do it. For instance, HUE interface allows you to execute Hive queries and Pig scripts a web-editor. This virtual machine is a great step in learning Big Data. People usually don’t think that such knowledge can come in easy way.
The main difficulties are the resource requirements. Your computer should have at least 8 GB of RAM. Otherwise working with virtual machines will be dramatically slow.
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