SOURCE: Altiscale


June 03, 2014 08:30 ET

Altiscale Becomes First Hadoop-as-a-Service to Deliver Apache Hive 0.13

Cloud Service Innovator Enables Its Customers to Use Standard SQL Skills, While Speeding Interactive Query Performance

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2014) - HADOOP SUMMIT -- Altiscale, Inc., a leading innovator in Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) solutions, today announced the availability of Apache Hive™ 0.13 on its HaaS platform, just weeks since its general software release to the industry. For data scientists and businesses that rely on insights derived from data, Hive 0.13 can deliver significant performance gains over previous versions. Since Altiscale performs integration and performance testing as part of operational certification, customers can immediately take full advantage of this new tool. This responsiveness helps make Altiscale, the industry's only purpose-built Hadoop service, the most advanced and useful HaaS platform in the industry.

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"In order to help our customers continue to compete effectively, it's imperative they can leverage the latest Hadoop ecosystem developments, such as Hive 0.13," says Soam Acharya, head of Applications Architecture at Altiscale. "Hive 0.13 is a key step toward real-time, interactive, and in-memory processing. Customers should not be held back by their HaaS vendor in utilizing this capability."

Altiscale is unlike any other HaaS offering in that the service runs Hadoop for customers, so they are freed from operating, monitoring, managing, or updating their Hadoop cluster. As a result, Altiscale is well positioned to bring its customers the latest from the Hadoop ecosystem, like Hive 0.13. What's more, all of this is done on infrastructure that has been purpose-built by industry veterans to run Hadoop at scale. As a result, Altiscale delivers the industry's best performance and availability.

About Hive 0.13
At its core, Hive is an application designed to enable querying and managing of large datasets. Hive 0.13 represents a significant step forward, as it delivers the final phase of the Stinger Initiative, a project managed and completed by the open source Hadoop community. This initiative brought together work from hundreds of developers and dozens of companies. It is designed to marry SQL, the primary language used with business analysts for ad hoc analysis, with Hadoop. Hive 0.13 makes Hadoop accessible to a larger group of users, as the skills required to use SQL are very common within the IT industry. As a result, Hive 0.13 brings a broader audience of data scientists and business analysts to Hadoop.

The most important improvements of Hive 0.13 are related to the speed and scale it brings to users, made possible by the Apache Tez execution engine. Tez is an application framework that allows for a complex, directed-acyclic-graph of tasks for processing data built atop Apache Hadoop YARN. Tez is an alternative to map-reduce, and it is thought by many to be more flexible and powerful. Together with query engine improvements and an optimized columnar file format, Hive 0.13 is capable of increasing performance by 100 times over earlier versions of Hive.

Altiscale's Data Cloud with Hive 0.13 is available today. More details on this service, and how your business can benefit from it, can be found here. Interested parties can also visit Altiscale in person at booth # S4 at this year's Hadoop Summit, taking place at San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., June 3-5, 2014.

About Altiscale:
The Altiscale Data Cloud was created to provide organizations access to the only infrastructure "purpose-built" for Hadoop, as well as the operational expertise needed to execute complex Hadoop projects. By monitoring both the infrastructure and jobs, Altiscale provides unparalleled levels of service for its customers. Founded in 2012, the Altiscale team has been on the forefront of Apache Hadoop -- from its incubation at Yahoo to operating more than 40,000 Hadoop nodes. As a company that understands the transformative power of this technology and its challenges, no other organization is better positioned to deliver reliable and scalable Apache Hadoop. Investors include Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst and Accel Partners. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @Altiscale. 

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