Hadoop's usefulness was extended beyond programming in the MapReduce paradigm early on with initiatives such as Hive and Pig. These tools have enabled a much larger and varied set of practitioners on the Hadoop stack, many of whom are demanding SQL as the language of choice. Within enterprises, SQL is a prerequisite for integration with enterprise frameworks, but even in internet companies, where Hadoop first made its mark, most MapReduce jobs are generated by translation from Hive or Pig. This same force is pushing SQL to be more interactive, real-time, and act more and more like a traditional RDBMS.
The first generation of SQL implementations on Hadoop relied on translating SQL queries into MapReduce. However, it is now recognized that this approach is not adequate for achieving good performance, especially as we try to address demands for interactive and real-time queries. A number of vendors are in the fray, and are making different tradeoffs. What does the emerging SQL-on-Hadoop landscape look like? How will it be positioned relative to traditional SQL and BI tools?
Meet the experts
Justin Erickson, Director of Product Management, Cloudera
Justin Erickson is the director of product management at Cloudera for Hadoop storage (HDFS and HBase), query (Cloudera Impala and Hive), and performance. Prior to Cloudera he worked at Microsoft where he lead the development of the new high availability and disaster recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Justin is a graduate of Stanford University where he earned a B.S. with honors in Computer Science.
Tomer Shiran, Vice President of Product Management, MapR
Tomer Shiran heads the product management team at MapR and is PMC member and committer for the open source Apache Drill project. Tomer Shiran heads the product management team at MapR and is responsible for product strategy, roadmap and requirements. Prior to MapR, Tomer held numerous product management and engineering roles at Microsoft, most recently as the product manager for Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server (now Microsoft Forefront). He is the founder of two websites that have served tens of millions of users, and received coverage in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Times of London. Tomer is also the author of a 900-page programming book. He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Alan Gates, co-founder, Hortonworks
Alan is a co-founder of Hortonworks and an original member of the engineering team that took Pig from a Yahoo! Labs research project to a successful Apache open source project. Alan also designed HCatalog and guided its adoption as an Apache Incubator project. Alan has a BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Programming Pig, a book from O’Reilly Press.
Susheel Kaushik, Sr. Director at the Pivotal Product Management and Marketing team
At Pivotal he has helped enterprise customers become predictive enterprises leveraging Big Data & Analytics in their decision making.Prior to Pivotal, he led the Hadoop Product Management team at Yahoo! and also led Data Systems Product Management team for the online advertising systems at Yahoo!. He has extensive technical experience in delivering scalable, mission critical solutions for customers.Susheel holds a MBA from Santa Clara University and B.Tech in Computer Science from Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University.
Priyank Patel, Director,Product Management, Teradata Aster
Priyank Patel is Director, Product Management at Teradata Aster. In this role, he is responsible for Product Management of Teradata’s Hadoop Portfolio of products. Priyank joined Aster as its 3rd employee working on building out the core product in the Engineering team. Since then he has held various roles in Engineering Management, Field Engineering and is currently responsible for Product Management of Aster’s SQL-MapReduce framework and Analytical Libraries built on it. Before joining Aster, Priyank held engineering roles at Microsoft Corporation where he worked on the Windows OS. Priyank holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University.
Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO of Information Services, Microsoft (moderator)
Raghu Ramakrishnan is a Technical Fellow in the Server and Tools Business (STB) at Microsoft Corp. He focuses his work on big data and integration between STB’s cloud offerings and the Online Services Division’s platform assets. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of database systems, data mining, search and cloud computing.
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