Frequently Asked Questions

General

When is the general availability release of Anaconda Enterprise v5?

Our GA release was August 31, 2017 (Version 5.0.3).

Which notebooks or editors does Anaconda Enterprise support?

Anaconda Enterprise supports the use of Jupyter Notebooks and JupyterLab, which are the most popular integrated data science environments for working with Python and R notebooks.

Can I deploy multiple data science applications to Anaconda Enterprise?

Yes, you can deploy multiple data science applications and languages across an Anaconda Enterprise cluster. Each data science application runs in a secure and isolated environment with all of the dependencies from Anaconda that it requires.

A single node can run multiple applications based on the amount of compute resources (CPU and RAM) available on a given node. Anaconda Enterprise handles all of the resource allocation and application scheduling for you.

Does Anaconda Enterprise support high availability deployments?

Partially. Some of the Anaconda Enterprise services and user-deployed apps will be automatically configured when installed to three or more nodes. Anaconda Enterprise provides several automatic mechanisms for fault tolerance and service continuity, including automatic restarts, health checks, and service migration.

For more information, see Fault Tolerance.

Does Anaconda Enterprise support two-factor authentication (including one-time passwords)?

Yes, Anaconda Enterprise supports single sign-on (SSO) and two-factor authentication (2FA) using FreeOTP, Google Authenticator or Google Authenticator compatible 2FA.

For more information, see One-time passwords.

System requirements

What operating systems are supported for Anaconda Enterprise?

Please see operating system requirements.

NOTE: Linux distributions other than those listed in the documentation can be supported on request.

Does Anaconda Enterprise come with a version control system?

Yes, Anaconda Enterprise includes an internal git server, which allows users to save and commit versions of their projects.

Can Anaconda Enterprise integrate with my own Git server?

In a future version of Anaconda Enterprise 5.x, you will be able to connect to external git servers.

Installation

How do I install Anaconda Enterprise?

The Anaconda Enterprise installer is a single tarball that includes Docker, Kubernetes, system dependencies, and all of the components and images necessary to run Anaconda Enterprise. The system administrator runs one command on each node.

Can Anaconda Enterprise be installed on-premises?

Yes, including airgapped environments.

Can Anaconda Enterprise be installed on cloud environments?

Yes, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Does Anaconda Enterprise support air gapped (off-line) environments?

Yes, the Anaconda Enterprise installer includes Docker, Kubernetes, system dependencies, and all of the components and images necessary to run Anaconda Enterprise on-premises or on a private cloud, with or without internet connectivity. We can deliver the installer to you on a USB drive.

Can I build Docker images for the install of Anaconda Enterprise?

No. The installation of Anaconda Enterprise is supported only by using the single-file installer. The Anaconda Enterprise installer includes Docker, Kubernetes, system dependencies, and all of the components and images necessary for Anaconda Enterprise.

Can I install Anaconda Enterprise on my own instance of Kubernetes?

No. The Anaconda Enterprise installer already includes Kubernetes.

Can I get the AE installer packaged as a virtual machine (VM), Amazon Machine Image (AMI) or other installation package?

No. The installation of Anaconda Enterprise is supported only by using the single-file installer.

Can I use Anaconda Enterprise to connect to my Hadoop/Spark cluster?

Yes. Anaconda Enterprise supports connectivity from notebooks to local or remote Spark clusters by using the Sparkmagic client and a Livy REST API server. Anaconda Enterprise provides Sparkmagic, which inlcudes Spark, PySpark, and SparkR notebook kernels for deployment.

How can I manage Anaconda packages on my Hadoop/Spark cluster?

An administrator can generate custom Anaconda parcels for Cloudera CDH or custom Anaconda management packs for Hortonworks HDP using Anaconda Enterprise. A data scientist can use these Anaconda libraries from a notebook as part of a Spark job.

On how many nodes can I install Anaconda Enterprise?

You can install Anaconda Enterprise in the following configurations during the initial installation:

  • One node (one master node)
  • Two nodes (one master node, one worker node)
  • Three nodes (one master node, two worker nodes)
  • Four nodes (one master node, three worker nodes)

After the initial installation, you can add or remove worker nodes from the Anaconda Enterprise cluster at any time.

One node serves as the master node and writes storage to disk, and the other nodes serve as worker nodes. Anaconda Enterprise services and user-deployed applications run seamlessly on the master and worker nodes.

Anaconda Project

What operating systems and Python versions are supported for Anaconda Project?

Anaconda Project supports Windows, macOS and Linux, and tracks the latest Anaconda releases with Python 2.7, 3.5 and 3.6.

How is encapsulation with Anaconda Project different from creating a workspace or project in Spyder, PyCharm, or other IDEs?

A workspace or project in an IDE is a directory of files on your desktop. Anaconda Project encapsulates those files, but also includes additional parameters to describe how to run a project with its dependencies. Anaconda Project is portable and allows users to run, share, and deploy applications across different operating systems.

What types of projects can I deploy?

Anaconda Project is very flexible and can deploy many types of projects with conda or pip dependencies. Deployable projects include:

  • Notebooks (Python and R)
  • Bokeh applications and dashboards
  • REST APIs in Python and R (including machine learning scoring and predictions)
  • Python and R scripts
  • Third-party apps, web frameworks, and visualization tools such as Tensorboard, Flask, Falcon, deck.gl, plot.ly Dash, and more.

Any generic Python and R script or webapp can be configured to serve on port 8086, which will show the app in Anaconda Enterprise when deployed.

Does Anaconda Enterprise include Docker images for my data science projects?

Anaconda Enterprise includes data science application images for the editor and deployments. You can install additional packages in either environment using Anaconda Project. Anaconda Project includes the information required to reproduce the project environment with Anaconda, including Python, R, or any other conda package or pip dependencies.

Notebooks

Are the deployed, self-service notebooks read-only?

Yes, the deployed versions of self-service notebooks are read-only, but they can be executed by collaborators or viewers. Owners of the project that contain the notebooks can edit the notebook and deploy (or re-deploy) them.

What happens when other people run the notebook? Does it overwrite any file, if notebook is writing to a file?

A deployed, self-service notebook is read-only but can be executed by other collaborators or viewers. If multiple users are running a notebook that writes to a file, the file will be overwritten unless the notebook is configured to write data based on a username or other environment variable.

Can I define environment variables as part of my data science project?

Yes, Anaconda Project supports environment variables that can be defined when deploying a data science application. Only project collaborators can view or edit environment variables, and they cannot be accessed by viewers.

How are Anaconda Project and Anaconda Enterprise available?

Anaconda Project is free and open-source. Anaconda Enterprise is a commercial product.

Where can I find example projects for Anaconda Enterprise?

Sample projects are included as part of the Anaconda Enterprise installation, which include sample workflows and notebooks for Python and R such as financial modeling, natural language processing, machine learning models with REST APIs, interactive Bokeh applications and dashboards, image classification, and more.

The sample projects include examples with visualization tools (Bokeh, deck.gl), pandas, scipy, Shiny, Tensorflow, Tensorboard, xgboost, and many other libraries. Users can save the sample projects to their Anaconda Enterprise account or download the sample projects to their local machine.

Does Anaconda Enterprise support batch scoring with REST APIs?

Yes, Anaconda Enterprise can be used to deploy machine learning models with REST APIs (including Python and R) that can be queried for batch scoring workflows. The REST APIs can be made available to other users and accessed with an API token.

Does Anaconda Enterprise provide tools to help define and implement REST APIs?

Yes, a data scientist can basically create a model without much work for the API development. Anaconda Enterprise includes an API wrapper for Python frameworks that builds on top of existing web frameworks in Anaconda, making it easy to expose your existing data science models with minimal code. You can also deploy REST APIs using existing API frameworks for Python and R.

Help and training

Do you offer support for Anaconda Enterprise?

Yes, we offer full support with Anaconda Enterprise.

Do you offer training for Anaconda Enterprise?

Yes, we offer product training for collaborative, end-to-end data science workflows with Anaconda Enterprise.