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October 15, 2012

Hortonworks Inks Deal with Simba for ODBC Driver

By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor

Simba (News - Alert) Technologies, a company specializing in Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) for big data solutions, signed a partnership agreement with Hortonworks, a commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop.

The partnership is to provide ODBC access to Hortonworks Data Platform. Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector will now enable Hortonworks to give its customers easy access to their data for Business Intelligence and analytics using the SQL-based application of their choice.

"Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector is based upon the latest ODBC standard, opening up the entire ecosystem of SQL-based applications to access and analyze Big Data in Hadoop," George Chow, chief technology officer at Simba, said in a statement.

"ODBC connectivity to Hortonworks Data Platform makes data accessible to enterprise users, using proven tools found in a data scientist's and business user's BI toolbox. This adds to Hortonworks being one of the most enterprise friendly Hadoop distributions available," Chow added.

Developed in 1992 by Microsoft (News - Alert) and Simba Technologies, ODBC is the most common data interface used by BI, data analysis and reporting applications for relational data connectivity. The ODBC 3.52 specification, on which Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector is fully compliant, is the foundation for standards-based access from BI tools such as Alteryx, Microsoft Excel, Tableau, SAP (News - Alert) BusinessObjects Crystal Reports, QlikView and countless others.

"Hortonworks makes Apache Hadoop easier to consume and use in enterprise environments," said Shaun Connolly, vice president of Strategy at Hortonworks.

Apache Hadoop is the next-generation data platform that captures, stores and analyzes structured and unstructured data, as well as real-time streams of information, flowing throughout today's enterprise environments. Hadoop is not natively SQL-capable, using its own Hive Query Language as the basis for access and analytics.

Connolly said Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver technology makes it easier for Hortonworks’ customers to harness the power of their Big Data using popular and familiar BI and analytics applications. Connolly also said that his company chose Simba’s technology to enable access to the Hortonworks Data Platform because it offers customers the broadest compatibility with SQL-based applications.

Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector performs the added task of mapping advanced SQL functionality to HiveQL to provide users with seamless integration between their favored SQL-based BI application and their Hadoop-based Big Data. Simba's Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector complies with the latest ODBC 3.52 data standard, and adds important functionality such as Unicode and 32- and 64-bit support for high-performance computing environments on all platforms.

Edited by Braden Becker

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