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Hadoop BI simplified with newest AtScale release

1/04/2016 by Sharon Shahzad


AtScale has simplified the process of business intelligence (BI) in their latest release. The company offers a self-service BI platform that runs on Hadoop, and the new changes mean that enterprises should be able to run big data analytics with more ease than ever before.

Over the past few years, the use of Hadoop has risen, with many enterprises around the world hoping the system can help power through their BI operations and offer useful and actionable analytics. The problem is that Hadoop makes it extremely difficult to create interactive queries with many of the standard BI tools. And as a lot of firms have invested heavily in their BI solutions, they cannot simply throw out the old and bring in a new tool.

Hadoop simply wasn’t developed to handle multiple and interactive BI solutions, so though it is scalable and flexible, gaining useful analytics can be hard. Many firms have relied heavily upon complex workarounds such as data indexing. In addition, customer drivers are required for each BI connection. For example, Excel requires MDX whilst Tableau Software needs SQL, and with a lot of companies using multiple BI tools, the complexities are made even worse.

In an attempt to solve this issue, AtScale has developed a new Hybrid Query Service that removes the need to add custom drivers and uses native SQL and MDX instead. The latest tool is an update to AtScale’s Intelligence Platform 4.0. AtScale CMO Bruno Aziza said: “Whether it’s an SQL query or an MDX query, we’re converting that to the exact same SQL-on-Hadoop query underneath.” The service works with the use of virtual cubes. These transform Hadoop into an OLAP server, and the virtual cubes are represented as a Hive server, thus allowing SQL and MDX to be natively supported.

The latest upgrade is set to be one of AtScale’s most exciting additions yet, allowing companies to access Hadoop in a simpler way. The firm’s intelligence platform comes with a variety of security and governance features too, with version 4.0 adding a host of functions to help meet modern demands.

AtScale Vice President of Product Management Josh Klahr said: “With the release of Version 4.0, AtScale offers the most comprehensive security controls available in the BI-on-Hadoop category. Enterprises attempting to turn Hadoop into a true analytical data warehouse face lagging query performance, security issues and a frustrating experience for business users. With this release, AtScale eradicates these issues and provides a seamless and secure experience that is second to none.”

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