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Kognitio delivers fully functional, ultra-high speed, high concurrency SQL to Amazon Elastic Map Reduce

BRACKNELL, UK, January 31, 2017 — Kognitio™, the industry pioneer in scale-out, in-memory software, today announced its compatibility with Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Map Reduce (EMR). The company said its Kognitio on Hadoop software is architected to deliver previously unavailable speed and analytical performance, delivering insights from immense amounts of data to hundreds or thousands of users concurrently.

The capabilities are delivered in the latest version, available as unlimited free-to-use software. It is an in-memory, scale-out analytical platform that can process thousands of analytical queries per second from hundreds of concurrent sessions, running either on Hadoop or a standalone compute cluster.

“Business analytics continue to run on SQL or BI tools connected to data via SQL,” said Dr. Phil Shelley, director at Datametica, one of the largest pure-play Big Data solution providers. “Kognitio on Hadoop is designed to deliver high-speed native SQL support for data on AWS EMR. This is critically important as we and many others migrate legacy on-premise data warehouses to AWS.”

Amazon EMR is a managed cluster platform that simplifies running big data frameworks to process and analyze vast amounts of data. With Kognitio on Hadoop, business users can now connect to data sets created in EMR, using today’s most popular SQL-generating business tools, such as Tableau, MicroStrategy and Qlik, without having to move the data from its initial repository.

Kognitio is very simple and easy to install on EMR; a fully functional 20-node cluster, ready to ingest data, can be spun-up in 15 minutes. Both Kognitio and EMR work out of the box with no tuning, making the combination of Kognitio and EMR the easiest and quickest SQL-accessible Hadoop implementation available today. In addition, it’s hugely cost-effective: EMR clusters with 5 terabytes of memory and 640 CPU cores can be spun up for as little as $15 an hour.

“As Hadoop moves more and more into the mainstream, companies have been underwhelmed by its speed, and demanded greater performance to obtain the insights they need,” said Roger Gaskell, Kognitio’s chief executive officer. “Until now, existing tools performed slowly on Hadoop. Kognitio on Hadoop solves these challenges, delivering faster results with multi-user concurrency in an easy-to-use implementation.”

Gaskell noted that one of the world’s largest credit card companies is already using Kognitio on Hadoop, with hundreds of concurrent users obtaining answers to thousands of queries every second.

Kognitio on Hadoop is available for unlimited use at no cost, and can be downloaded here. Simple instructions on how to install and run the software are available on our blog.