Pivotal open sources tech for SQL and machine learning on Hadoop

Pivotal, the software company that spun out of EMC EMC and VMware VMW in 2013, is open sourcing technologies for performing advanced analytics on data stored in the Hadoop big data platform. The two technologies—HAWQ, a scale-out SQL database on Hadoop, and MADlib, a library of machine learning algorithms for databases like HAWQ—will be released as open source projects to the Apache Software Foundation. (MADlib was technically open source already, but was not an Apache project). The move is a continuation of what Pivotal started in February, when it open sourced the code for its Greenplum database software and its proprietary distribution of the Hadoop software. As part of that February announcement, Pivotal created an organization called the Open Data Platform, along with former competitor Hortonworks HDP and a handful…


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