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Apache Accumulo for Developers

Apache Accumulo for Developers [Kindle Edition]

Guðmundur Jón Halldórsson

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Accumulo is a sorted and distributed key/value store designed to handle large amounts of data. Being highly robust and scalable, its performance makes it ideal for real-time data storage. Apache Accumulo is based on Google's BigTable design and is built on top of Apache Hadoop, Zookeeper, and Thrift.

Apache Accumulo for Developers is your guide to building an Accumulo cluster both as a single-node and multi-node, on-site and in the cloud. Accumulo has been proven to be able to handle petabytes of data, with cell-level security, and real-time analyses so this is your step by step guide in taking full advantage of this power.

Apache Accumulo for Developers looks at the process of setting up three systems - Hadoop, ZooKeeper, and Accumulo – and configuring, monitoring, and securing them.

You will learn to connect Accumulo to both Hadoop and ZooKeeper. You will also learn how to monitor the cluster (single-node or multi-node) to find any performance bottlenecks, and then integrate to Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace, and Windows Azure. When integrating with these cloud platforms, we will focus on scripting as well.

You will also learn to troubleshoot clusters with monitoring tools, and use Accumulo cell-level security to secure your data.


The book will have a tutorial-based approach that will show the readers how to start from scratch with building an Accumulo cluster and learning how to monitor the system and implement aspects such as security.

Who this book is for

This book is great for developers new to Accumulo, who are looking to get a good grounding in how to use Accumulo. It’s assumed that you have an understanding of how Hadoop works, both HDFS and the Map/Reduce. No prior knowledge of ZooKeeper is assumed.

About the Author

Guðmundur Jón Halldórsson

Guðmundur Jón Halldórsson is a Software Engineer who enjoys the challenges of complex problems and pays close attention to detail. He is an annual speaker at the Icelandic Computer Society (SKY,

Guðmundur is a Software Engineer with extensive experience and management skills, and works for Five Degrees (, a banking software company. The company develops and sells high-quality banking software. As a Senior Software Engineer, he is responsible for the development of a backend banking system produced by the company. Guðmundur has a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the Reykjavik University.

Guðmundur has a long period of work experience as a Software Engineer since 1996. He has worked for a large bank in Iceland, an insurance company, and a large gaming company where he was in the core EVE Online team.

Guðmundur is passionate about whatever he does. He loves to play online chess and Sudoku. And when he has time, he likes to read science fiction and history books.

He maintains a Facebook page to network with his friends and readers, and blogs about the wonders of programming and cloud computing at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (16 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FXS48SO
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1.0 out of 5 stars not helpful 18 Nov 2013
By BenP - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A few of my teammates picked up this book and did not find it useful. I'd recommend trying the pre-release of the O'Reilly Accumulo book instead.
3.0 out of 5 stars this is starter book for accumulo developer 9 Feb 2014
By carl - Published on
Being a 100 pages book, it is trying to cover whatever it could. As another key-value NoSQL db, accumulo includes hadoop, HDFS, zookeeper and elastic search. Each of these component is evolving fast. For example, hadoop 2.x is introducing new monitoring REST API, which makes the status query completely different. To shoot these moving target, author can't focus on the details, which are very possible changed when you tried to implement it. It also doesn't make sense to spend time to learn these details, which are obsolete very quick.

To be fair, I still consider this book worth a reading, especially to those new developer, who has little experience on Hadoop, zookeeper and elastic search. This book can teach you how to quickly setup the development environment and show ways to dig more details.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Developers 29 Jan 2014
By Christian S. - Published on
Definitely it is not a book for developers. It is more suited for DevOps or Ops.

Half of the book deals with the configuration and setup of Accumulo (and its dependencies Hadoop and ZooKeeper) in both Windows (Cygwin) and Linux.
I would rather have used a prepackaged VM sandbox of Hadoop and ZooKeeper like the ones from Cloudera or Hortonworks and then use Accumulo.

The other important part is the integration with cloud providers, but with just one should have been enough, instead of dealing with 4 providers.

The remaining of the book deals with performance and security, which are kind of advance topics with basic examples.

In summary, there was not enough explanation of Accumulo itself, or practical examples with Ruby, Python or Java that could help explain its use as a key value store.
2.0 out of 5 stars mostly an install guide 8 Jan 2014
By In Town - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was looking for more than just an install guide, the book also is not clearly written. The book references HTTP URL links to the Accumulo site often as the source for more information, this is not what I was looking for given the rather high price of the book.
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