Altus Director enables reliable self-service for using CDH and Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub in the cloud.

Altus Director provides a single-pane-of-glass administration experience for central IT to reduce costs and deliver agility, and for end-users to easily provision and scale clusters. Advanced users can interact with Altus Director programmatically through the REST API or the CLI to maximize time-to-value for an enterprise data hub in cloud environments.

Altus Director is designed for both long running and transient clusters. With long running clusters, you deploy one or more clusters that you can scale up or down to adjust to demand. With transient clusters, you can launch a cluster, schedule any jobs, and shut the cluster down after the jobs complete.

Running Cloudera in the cloud supports:

  • Faster procurement—Deploying servers in the cloud is faster than completing a lengthy hardware acquisition process.
  • Easier scaling—To meet changes in cluster demand, it is easier to add and remove new hosts in the cloud than in a bare metal environment.
  • Infrastructure migration—Many organizations have already moved to a cloud architecture, while others are in the process of moving.

For more information about Cloudera Enterprise in the cloud, see the Cloud documentation page.

Altus Director Features

Altus Director provides a rich set of features for launching and managing clusters in cloud environments. The following table describes the benefits of using Altus Director.

Benefit Features
Simplified cluster lifecycle management

Simple user interface:

  • Self-Service spin up and tear down
  • Scaling of clusters for spiky workloads
  • Simple cloning of clusters
  • Cloud blueprints for repeatable deployments
Elimination of lock-in

Flexible, open platform:

  • 100% open source Hadoop distribution
  • Native support for hybrid deployments
  • Third-party software deployment in the same workflow
  • Support for custom, workload-specific deployments
Accelerated time to value Enterprise-ready security and administration:
  • Support for complex cluster topologies
  • Minimum size cluster when capacity constrained
  • Management tooling
  • Compliance-ready security and governance
  • Backup and disaster recovery with an optimized cloud storage connector
Reduced support costs

Monitoring and metering tools:

  • Multi-cluster health dashboard
  • Instance tracking for account billing