HDP 2.5 Sandbox Now available for download for VMWARE and VIRTUALBOX. This includes supported integrated version of Apache Zeppelin, Apache Spark 1.6.2 and a preview of Spark 2.
A cool selection of Free Datasets linked at DataQuest. You had me at Free.
Cool new book just came out, Practical Hive, on the latest Hive updates, with very knowledgeable writers.
Interesting framework: StreamCQL is Continuous Query Language on RealTime Computation System build on Apache Storm and optionally Apache Kafka. Another Huawei Big Data project, they are doing some interesting things with Spark and Big Data.