Pivotal Aims at Oracle Database Business with Open Source Tech

Software company Pivotal is taking on Oracle’s traditional database business with its latest effort to advance open source. The company is contributing both HAWQ advanced SQL on Hortonworks’ Hadoop analytics and MADlib machine learning technologies to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The contributions aim to deliver an Apache Hadoop-native analytical database through ASF so enterprises can leverage parallel data processing technology that is known to work in business-critical, high-throughput environments. In other words, an open source alternative to traditional database vendors like Oracle.Gavin Sherry, vice president and CTO of Data at Pivotal, said the company’s HAWQ and MADlib tech will bring “unprecedented” SQL processing capabilities and know-how to Hadoop developers and users. Is that an overstatement? That’s unclear, but the fact is that it won’t happen over night. Accessing New…

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