3. Stage 1--Define and Create the Test Environment : Evaluation Using Actian Vector
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Evaluation Using Actian Vector
One evaluation option is to use Actian Vector rather than Actian VectorH. Although Actian Vector does not run in Hadoop, it provides a single-node environment that is identical to VectorH in terms of schema definition, query syntax, management tools, and functionality.
This is an attractive option because it requires only a single machine rather than a cluster, and so is fast and simple to get started, and can be used on both Windows and Linux.
For a Windows user, there is an installation package for Vector on Windows available for download from http://esd.actian.com/product/Vector.
For a Linux developer, there is also a Linux installation package available from the same location that can be installed in the usual way (for example, using a package manager).
You can also evaluate a Linux version of Vector from a Windows machine by using a virtual machine (either locally or in a Cloud). The fastest way to do this with test data preloaded is as follows:
1. If you want to run on a local virtual machine, download and Install Oracle Virtual Box from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads.
2. If you want to run on a Microsoft Azure cloud platform, create an Azure account first, and note your account key information.
3. Download the Vagrant developer tool from https://www.vagrantup.com/downloads.html. Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X are supported.
4. Download the Vector Vagrant project from Github at: https://github.com/ActianCorp/Vagrant-Vector-Install. If you do not already have Git installed, this can be downloaded as a zip file, and then unpacked using the Download Zip button on this web page.
5. Download Actian Vector from http://esd.actian.com/product/Vector, and place it into the Vagrant-Vector-Install folder, along with the license file that you will receive through email, and the RPM keys file.
6. If you want to use Microsoft Azure, edit the vagrantfile in this folder and fill in your Azure account information. Then start a Command Prompt in the Vagrant-Vector-Install folder and type:
vagrant up --provider=azure
7. To use a local virtual machine, simply start a Command Prompt in the Vagrant-Vector-Install folder and type:
vagrant up
8. To log in to the machine afterwards, type:
vagrant ssh
For further instructions, see the readme file on the Actian Github page, or the documentation for each tool or platform.