Analytics for Hadoop on Bluemix: Sign in and access the service

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This article was written using the Bluemix classic interface. Given the rapid evolution of technology, some steps and illustrations may have changed.

It has never been easier to get your hands on Apache Hadoop. And now with IBM® Bluemix™, you can have a Hadoop instance that runs in the cloud in minutes. IBM's Analytics for Hadoop Bluemix service allows developers to use the power of IBM's Hadoop offering, IBM InfoSphere® BigInsights™, to power the latest mobile and web applications. In addition, you are also able to quickly deploy a single cluster of BigInsights in Bluemix, so that you can start playing with Hadoop directly on the cloud. And for a limited time—free! This tutorial series explains how.

Sign up for a Bluemix account

You first need to sign up for a Bluemix account. Accounts are free, and you have free access to the apps, services, and more for 30 days, with some additional free usage after the 30-day trial ends. (See IBM Bluemix terms for specifics.)

Screen capture of Bluemix sign up
Screen capture of Bluemix sign up

When you have an IBM ID and are registered for the Bluemix service, you are ready to go. (If you don't already have an IBM ID, you get one as a part of signing up for Bluemix.)

Screen capture of registration form for Bluemix account
Screen capture of registration form for Bluemix account

Access Hadoop for Analytics

To access Hadoop for Analytics, first go to the Bluemix website and sign in with your IBM ID.

After you log in, the system sends you to your personalized Bluemix dashboard. From this dashboard, you can see at a glance what apps and services you have running, their health, and how much resource you have left. For this tutorial, we do not use the dashboard, but a user guide is available with more information on using the Bluemix and the dashboard.

  1. In the Services area of the dashboard (on the bottom, middle of your screen), click Add a service.
    Screen capture of add a service
    Screen capture of add a service

    On the next page, you are presented with a myriad of Bluemix services.

  2. Scroll down to the "Big data" section and select the icon for IBM Analytics for Hadoop.
    Screen capture of IBM Analytics for Hadoop icon

    A new window opens with more information on the IBM Analytics for Hadoop service. Feel free to review the summary, the technical documents, and the pricing plans available to you. If you just signed up for Bluemix, do not worry about the pricing plans as the plan should be set to "Free," at least for the next 30 days.

  3. On the right side of the screen, select Leave unbound from the "App" drop-down list. Ensure that the pricing plan is set to Free (if that is what you are expecting as a part of the free trial; else, other pricing might apply). Then, click Create.
    Screen capture of app drop-down list with 'Leave unbound' selected
    Screen capture of app drop-down list with 'Leave unbound' selected

    Leave the app unbound so you can deploy Analytics for Hadoop on its own and access the BigInsights web console.

  4. On the dashboard, notice that the unbound service Analytics for Hadoop is in your Services wallet. Click IBM Analytics for Hadoop. Screen capture of Analytics for Hadoop in your Services wallet
    Screen capture of Analytics for Hadoop in your Services wallet

    The the Analytics for Hadoop service page opens in Bluemix. Like the earlier splash screen, you can get more information on the service and technical resources. But this instance is active and licensed for this account. You can find more information on the license near the bottom of the screen.

  5. Click Launch at the top, right of the screen. Screen capture of 'Launch' button on the Analytics for Hadoop services page
    Screen capture of 'Launch' button on the Analytics for Hadoop services page

    A new browser page opens to the BigInsights web console.

You now have an instance of Hadoop, which is powered by BigInsights, up and running in the Bluemix cloud.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, you learned how to sign up for a free IBM Bluemix account, log in to Bluemix, and start the Hadoop for Analytics service.

Next, learn how to navigate the BigInsights web console. Use it to check the status of services, view the health of your system, and monitor the status of your big data environment.


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