Introduction to Kognitio

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For more than a generation Kognitio has been a pioneer in the development of scale-out, in-memory-software for big data analytics.

Today the Kognitio software provides an ultra-fast, high concurrency SQL layer that allows modern data visualization tools to maintain interactive performance, even when the data volume is large and the user count is high.

SQL or Structured Query Language is the language that modern, interactive, data analytics tools use to access or query data. Highly visual tools, such as Tableau and Microstrategy, are allowing the use of data analytics to move from being the domain of a few rare and expensive individuals, to a pervasive business tool used across the organization.
With greater numbers of users doing more analysis on even bigger data sets, query performance is a big issue. Pervasive big data analytics is therefore creating huge query workloads for the SQL layers. This problem is particularly acute for organizations who have adopted Hadoop as their data storage and processing platform.

Most SQL on Hadoop technologies have limited functionality, low performance and are poor at supporting concurrent users. This makes accessing data in Hadoop a frustrating experience for business users. Kognitio on Hadoop is the latest version of the Kognitio Analytical Platform. The platform is used by organizations around the world who need ultra-high-performance big-data-analytics.

Kognitio on Hadoop brings the same fully functional, ultra-fast, high concurrency SQL to Hadoop. Using the TPC-DS data and query set, Kognitio on Hadoop has been benchmarked against the main SQL-on-Hadoop technologies in use today. The results are available at and demonstrate Kognitio’s superior performance and functionality.

With Kognitio on Hadoop, organizations can now provide modern data visualisation tools with fully functional, interactive, high speed access to Hadoop-based data – delivering a positive experience for business users.

Kognitio on Hadoop is free-to-use, with no restrictions on time, scale or functionality. It co-exists on the Hadoop cluster under Hadoop’s resource manager YARN. For cloud users, Kognitio on Hadoop can easily be installed on an Amazon EMR cluster and no tuning is required.
An EMR cluster with several Terabytes of memory can easily be spun-up from scratch in 15 to 20 minutes, for a few dollars per hour. This is a simple and cost effective way of trying Kognitio on Hadoop at scale.

For over 25 years, our development team has been continually researching and developing scale-out, in-memory data analysis software, delivering the highest levels of performance.

For those not using Hadoop, the benefits of Kognitio are also available using the standalone Kognitio Analytical Platform.

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