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Sentry Key Features

Unified role-based access control:

Uniformly enforce fine-grained authorization policies for users based on their role, regardless of how they’re accessing data. Create the policy once and then rest assured that your users can access only the data for which they have permissions, without unnecessary repetition or policy mirroring.

Ease of Use:

Easily and consistently manage policies for user roles via either SQL or the HUE GUI and integrates with Active Directory group assignments for automatic synchronization.


Authorization is a critical part of achieving regulatory compliances such as PCI, HIPAA, and others. Cloudera Enterprise is the only PCI-certified Hadoop platform and uses Sentry as a core security component to achieve this essential compliance.

Extend Hadoop to more users, securely:

Store sensitive data with non-sensitive data in Hadoop and share it with users across all departments through multi-tenant authorization and fine-grained access controls. No matter what the workload — batch, interactive SQL, machine learning, etc. — users will maintain the same data permissions.

Integrated across the platform

As an integrated part of Cloudera’s platform, Sentry provides unified administration for shared data and metadata for access frameworks: HDFS, HCatalog, Apache Hive, Impala, Apache Solr, and Apache Spark™. It also benefits from shared resource management (through YARN), visual policy management (through HUE), simple configuration and administration (through Cloudera Manager), and automatic auditing (through Cloudera Navigator) — all critical for running in production.

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Cloudera’s commitment to Sentry

As the original developers of Sentry, Cloudera — together with Intel — is actively involved with the Sentry community and developing integrations between Sentry and the rest of the ecosystem, especially around adding more access paths and simplifying permissions. Cloudera also has the most experience with Sentry — with production customers across industries — and has Sentry committers on-staff so you can get direct access and influence to the roadmap based on your needs and use cases.

Apache Sentry project >

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Comprehensive Hadoop Security

Cloudera Enterprise has comprehensive security built into the core of the platform, with a multi-layered approach across the four pillars of security: Perimeter, Access, Visibility, and Data. Sentry addresses the security requirements for the Access pillar and is a critical part of meeting even the most stringent compliance regulations, and ensuring that even your more sensitive data is secured.

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Partnered with the ecosystem

Seamlessly integrate with the tools your business already uses by leveraging Cloudera’s 1,700+ partner ecosystem. With a robust partner certification program, we are continuously working to build out production-hardened integrations between Sentry and the most popular third-party tools.

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Expert support for Sentry

Trained by its creators, Cloudera has Sentry experts available across the globe ready to deliver world-class support 24/7. With more experience across more production customers, for more use cases, Cloudera is the leader in Sentry support so you can focus on results.

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