In a recent discussion about how the Internet of Things will change Big Data analytics, a Cisco executive said companies will need to assess their data infrastructures and tweak them to support the rapidly growing amount of data and sophisticated analytics capabilities.
Companies like Splice Machine, which today announced the general availability of its Hadoop relational database management system (RDBMS), obviously realize this. Splice Machine tweaked the platform after gathering feedback from more than 20 customers that participated in a public beta earlier this year.
The feedback "spanned administrative, behind-the-scenes features such as authentication, authorization, and backup and recovery, as well as end user functionality such as analytic window functions," said Rich Reimer, VP of Marketing and Product Management, of Splice Machine.
Splice Machine positions its Hadoop RDBMS as a scale-out alternative to traditional relational database management systems from companies such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. According to the company, its RDBMS is designed to scale real-time applications and operational analytics using commodity hardware with no application rewrites required.
Enhancements to the Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS, version 1.0 include:
- Analytic window functions that provide advanced SQL analytic capabilities based on the SQL-2003 standard
- Native backup and recovery capabilities to protect against data loss
- Bulk, parallel export feature that exports query results for use in spreadsheets
- Integration with Hadoop ecosystem that the company promises streamlines MapReduce integration
- Authentication and authorization capabilities that offer LDAP integration and column-level security
- Splice Machine Console v1.0 that provides insight into query performance
While all of the enhancements are important, the console is an especially important tool because query performance is "something that database users consistently strive to improve," Reimer said. "That’s why it was a top priority for us to provide a console to help customers tune queries."
"Splice Machine’s Hadoop RDBMS complements the analytic capabilities of a Cloudera enterprise data hub and enables our customers with greater efficiency and flexibility for handling all types of workloads," said Tim Stevens, vice president of Business and Corporate Development at Splice Machine partner Cloudera, in a statement. Additional Splice Machine partners include MapR, Lucidworks and Hortonworks.
Robin Bloor, chief analyst, The Bloor Group, said in a statement that Splice Machine's RDBMS "marries the capabilities of Hadoop, including its ability to scale, with the full complement of SQL and ACID capabilities that one needs from an operational database."
A standalone version of the Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS, version 1.0 can be downloaded at the company's website. Per-node licensing is available and includes 24/7 technical support.
For enterprise customers deploying the GA product, Splice Machine offers services and support, including training courses, a Kickstart Package to speed implementation and access to consultants.