What is Sandlot Zero?

It’s a new service that brings serious analytics to the cloud. We make it easy, convenient and fast for developers to set up and run large-scale data analysis. There’s zero capital investment. Zero operational overhead. Zero installing and managing expensive distributed hardware and software. And limitless upside to having your data accessible from anywhere.

How do I use it?

You simply:

  • develop your application using your choice of high-level languages such as Java, Cascading, Python, or Ruby — we provide easy-to-follow templates with example applications
  • upload your data and analysis application to Sandlot Zero using our RESTful APIs
  • run your application using Hadoop MapReduce
  • retrieve your results upon demand

And what the heck is Hadoop MapReduce?

Maybe you know already, maybe you don’t. Either way, a quick explanation is in order, as it’s a key selling point for our services.

The geek definition is this: Hadoop MapReduce is a programming model and software framework for writing applications that rapidly process vast amounts of data in parallel on large clusters of compute nodes.

The non-geek definition is this: Hadoop MapReduce is your get-out-of-jail-free card when doing data analysis on the cloud. You don’t have to clock hours and tear your hair out trying to configure, manage and monitor various instances to get your work done. We do it for you. We make it incredibly easy and quick to set up and run tasks without needing to become a MapReduce geek. That’s our badge of honor.