Vanilla Plugin

Vanilla Plugin

The vanilla plugin is a reference implementation which allows users to operate a cluster with Apache Hadoop.

Since the Newton release Spark is integrated into the Vanilla plugin so you can launch Spark jobs on a Vanilla cluster.


For cluster provisioning, prepared images should be used.

Support matrix for the vanilla plugin
Version (image tag) Distribution Build method Version (build parameter) Notes
2.8.2 Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7 sahara-image-create 2.8.2 Hive 2.3.2, Oozie 4.3.0
2.7.5 Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7 sahara-image-create 2.7.5 Hive 2.3.2, Oozie 4.3.0
2.7.1 Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7 sahara-image-create 2.7.1 Hive 0.11.0, Oozie 4.2.0

For more information about building image, refer to Building guest images.

Vanilla plugin requires an image to be tagged in Sahara Image Registry with two tags: ‘vanilla’ and ‘<hadoop version>’ (e.g. ‘2.7.1’).

The image requires a username. For more information, refer to the Registering an Image section.

Build settings

When sahara-image-create is used, you can override few settings by exporting the corresponding environment variables before starting the build command:

Vanilla Plugin Requirements

The image building tools described in Building guest images add the required software to the image and their usage is strongly suggested. Nevertheless, here are listed the software that should be pre-loaded on the guest image so that it can be used to create Vanilla clusters:

  • ssh-client installed
  • Java (version >= 7)
  • Apache Hadoop installed
  • ‘hadoop’ user created

See Swift Integration for information on using Swift with your sahara cluster (for EDP support Swift integration is currently required).

To support EDP, the following components must also be installed on the guest:

  • Oozie version 4 or higher
  • mysql/mariadb
  • hive

Cluster Validation

When user creates or scales a Hadoop cluster using a Vanilla plugin, the cluster topology requested by user is verified for consistency.

Currently there are the following limitations in cluster topology for Vanilla plugin:

For Vanilla Hadoop version 2.x.x:

  • Cluster must contain exactly one namenode
  • Cluster can contain at most one resourcemanager
  • Cluster can contain at most one secondary namenode
  • Cluster can contain at most one historyserver
  • Cluster can contain at most one oozie and this process is also required for EDP
  • Cluster can’t contain oozie without resourcemanager and without historyserver
  • Cluster can’t have nodemanager nodes if it doesn’t have resourcemanager
  • Cluster can have at most one hiveserver node.
  • Cluster can have at most one spark history server and this process is also required for Spark EDP (Spark is available since the Newton release).
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