Introducing Cloudera Impala

Introducing Impala. Wow. First Hadapt, then Cloudera and Paltfora join the SQL party at the same time.


Not content to watch its competitors leave it in the dust, veteran big data startup Cloudera is fundamentally changing the face of its flagship Hadoop distribution into something much more appealing. The company has developed a real-time SQL query engine called Impala that will sit aside MapReduce as a native processing option within Cloudera’s version of Hadoop. Cloudera is biggest and most well-known Hadoop vendor around, so opening its platform up to the wide world of SQL-trained data analysts is a really big deal — even if Cloudera is a bit late to the SQL party.

From batch processing to data interaction

The business world regularly laments the circumstances that spurred Impala’s creation. I summed them up last week and again yesterday when reporting similar products from startups Hadapt and Platfora, but the gist is that although Hadoop is more scalable and more flexible than traditional data warehouses or…

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