Apache Drill Blog Posts

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Ankita Karandikar

It's the 21st century, and who doesn’t want to be independent? Everyone wants to enjoy some freedom in whatever work they do. As a business user, you can experience this kind of freedom with Apache Drill, which gives you the flexibility to explore data in new and powerful ways.

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Neeraja Rentachintala

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Apache Drill first became generally available on the MapR Converged Data Platform—yes, a full 365 days! This is just the beginning of the impact Apache Drill will have on big data analytics. Explore the infographic to see how Drill has been leveraged over the last year:

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Kirk Borne

Dimensionality reduction is a critical component of any solution dealing with massive data collections. Being able to sift through a mountain of data efficiently in order to find the key descriptive, predictive and explanatory features of the collection is a fundamental required capability for coping with the Big Data avalanche.

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Neeraja Rentachintala

Today we at MapR would like to congratulate Apache Arrow, a cross system data layer to speed up big data analytics and a brand new addition to the Apache Open Source Software community on its announcement as a Top Level project.

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Jim Scott

For the past 25 years, applications have been built using an RDBMS with a predefined schema that forces data to conform with a schema on-write. Many people still think that they must use an RDBMS for applications, even though records in their datasets have no relation to one another.

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Kirk Borne

Someone once said “if you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it.” Another version of this belief says: “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” This is a false way of thinking – a fallacy – in fact it is sometimes called the McNamara fallacy.

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Ellen Friedman

It’s the start of a new year -- we’re on the threshold of something new -- so let’s look forward to what you’re likely to be doing in 2016.

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Jim Scott

If you’re thinking about working with big data, you might be wondering which tools you should use. If you are trying to enable SQL-on-Hadoop then you might be considering the use of Apache Spark or Apache Drill.

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Sameer Nori

In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Sameer Nori, Business Intelligence Expert at MapR, explains how BI has evolved over the last 3 decades from being IT driven to analyst driven with Self-Service tools.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim Scott

In order to truly appreciate Apache Drill, it is important to understand the history of the projects in this space, as well as the design principles and the goals of its implementation.

Posted on November 6, 2015 by Jim Scott

As technology advances at breakneck speed, our lives are becoming increasingly digitized. From Twitter feeds to sensor data to medical devices, companies are drowning in big data yet starving for actionable information.

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Neeraja Rentachintala

In this blog post, I will briefly summarize some of the key capabilities that customers are finding immensely valuable in Drill. I’ll also cover common use cases where Drill is deployed, as well as resources for getting started with Drill.

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Anil Gadre

You are probably all somewhere on the Spark journey to production scale—you're either at Spark Summit to learn, to start doing something with Spark, or perhaps you have mission-critical applications already running in your enterprise. On this journey, there's a lot to think about—mostly about your application—but you also need to figure out how to actually get Spark into production scale as more and more groups will want the power of the results and the value of using Spark in mission-critical, operational deployments.

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Dale Kim

In the past few decades, the standard for working with and managing data has been SQL. SQL largely dominates the enterprise, and is used for everything from operational workloads and reporting to analytics. This standard will continue on Hadoop.

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Matthew Lescohier

The MapR Distribution including Hadoop is now available in a private IT sandbox environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test Drive. We’ve partnered with AWS to create this lab environment so that you can gain hands-on experience with Hadoop.

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Tomer Shiran

In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Tomer Shiran, PMC member and Apache Drill committer, walks you through the deployment of Apache Drill with different storage systems and the connection with BI tools.

Posted on May 7, 2015 by Nitin Bandugula

Big Data analysis is intimidating to some people. They assume you need a background in statistics, deep technical knowledge, and other complex skills. But you don’t need to be a data scientist to extract insights and value from Big Data with Hadoop and Apache Drill.

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Nitin Bandugula

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Apache Drill Essentials course as part of MapR Hadoop On-Demand Training.

Posted on February 5, 2015 by Steve Wooledge

MapR announced today that our SQL-on-Hadoop solution earned the highest score for Hadoop/data warehouse interoperability. MapR was among six vendors invited to participate in Gigaom Research’s January 2015 report, “Sector Roadmap: Hadoop/Data Warehouse Interoperability.” One of the key factors for our top placement in this competitive evaluation was the integration powers of Apache Drill’s technology included in the MapR Distribution. This report validates Apache Drill as a major advancement in data exploration given its schema flexibility, which makes it possible for you to immediately query complex data in native formats, such as schema-less data, nested data, and data with rapidly-evolving schemas, with minimal IT involvement.

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Karen Whipple

As we close out the year, here is a look back at our 10 most popular blogs of 2014.  Our top posts include machine learning and time series data topics, new milestones for the Apache projects Drill and Spark, and hands-on technical explanations that save you time and headaches.  

Posted on December 2, 2014 by John Schroeder

During a recent trip to the Asia Pacific region, I was astonished at the growing excitement already over Apache Drill; equally amazing is the fact that the adoption of Drill is skyrocketing. The groundswell of support we are seeing within the community is validated today by the Apache Foundation announcement that Drill is now a Top Level Project. You’ll find plenty of documentation on the Apache Drill project site, but let me tell you about the glowing feedback I received from customers and system integrators, and why these customers are so excited about this new tool.

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Karen Whipple

The recent MapR webinar titled “The Future of Hadoop Analytics: Total Data Warehouses and Self-Service Data Exploration” proved to be a highly informative, in-depth look at the future of data warehouses and how SQL-on-Hadoop technologies will play a pivotal role in those settings. Matt Aslett, Research Director for 451 Research, along with Apache Drill architect Jacques Nadeau, discussed what lies ahead for enterprise data warehouse architects and BI users in 2015 and beyond.

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Jim Scott

“Google is living a few years in the future and sends the rest of us messages,” Doug Cutting, Hadoop founder

Posted on June 30, 2014 by John Schroeder

This morning we were extremely pleased to announce a $110 million financing round led by Google Capital.

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

The first day of the 2014 Hadoop Summit was filled with announcements and interviews.  MapR announced our first Apache Hadoop App Gallery, as well as our exciting partnership with Syncsort.  Jack Norris, MapR CMO, had a chance to talk about this news on theCUBE with Wikibon’s Jeffrey Kelly and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier.

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Karen Whipple

This quarter is shaping up to be a great one for MapR! After recently announcing record growth in the first quarterwe’ve got some great momentum going into the second.

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Jon Posnik

SQL-on-Hadoop just got easier this morning.  Working together with the HP Vertica team, we are excited to announce general availability of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform running on the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop.

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Michael Hausenblas

The recent release of Apache Hive 0.13 prompted me to think about how far we are concerning serving both operational and analytical systems in the context of the Hadoop ecosystem.

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Karen Whipple
MapR will be at a wide range of events this month where we will participate on panels, deliver keynotes and present tutorials.

M.C. Srivas, CTO will participate on the Big Data Ecosystem partner panel at Splunk .conf2013.

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Tomer Shiran

SQL has become really hot – Why? Customers are looking for interactive performance in big data solutions with streamlined work flow and flexibility in their choices. Being able to use SQL effectively on Hadoop and other big data systems is a big step toward meeting that goal.

Posted on February 19, 2013 by Ellen Friedman
A packed room greeted Apache Drill project champion Ted Dunning last Wednesday when he spoke on the CU campus to the Boulder/Denver Big Data group. Apache Drill is a new, truly open source project being developed by an international community. Ted described the overall architecture of Drill and explained how this design will provide flexibility in terms of which data sources can be queried and what syntax a query can take.

Posted on September 8, 2012 by Tomer Shiran
It has been an exciting time for us here at MapR with the unveiling of the Apache Drill project and the enormous amount of interest in the project. Many in the industry have commented to me about Drill being a game changer for Hadoop as well as the larger Big Data community.

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