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Choosing Your SQL Access Strategy for Hadoop

Published: 20 February 2014

ID: G00256407

Analyst(s): Merv Adrian , Nick Heudecker


The development of SQL interfaces within the Hadoop stack and tools with their own interfaces enables ad hoc data analysis by a broader range of users, reducing the need for scarce development talent. This analysis offers guidance to information managers evaluating this rapidly changing space.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Evaluate the SQL Interface Landscape to Understand Available Products and Their Differences
    • Hive-Based SQL
    • Direct SQL Execution
    • DBMS External Tables
  • Do Not Rely on Published Benchmarks as Realistic Performance Comparisons — Conduct a POC
  • SQL Interfaces for Apache Hadoop Could Exist in Tools, DBMSs and/or Within the Hadoop Stack
    • Despite the Hype, It Is Not Real Time
    • Tool Support
    • Portability

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