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Posted November 19, 2014

Splice Machine Ships Version 1.0 of Hadoop RDBMS

By Darryl K. Taft

Splice Machine, a provider of big data infrastructure solutions, has announced the general availability of its Hadoop relational database management system (RDBMS).

The Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS is a real-time relational database for operational applications that the company says is a viable replacement for Oracle and MySQL databases that are facing cost or scaling issues.

Splice Machine released its Hadoop RDBMS as a public beta offering in May 2014, engaging with more than 20 different charter customers on extensive performance and functionality testing. The company used datasets, queries and feedback from these customers to guide its development of the database, incorporating features such as authentication and authorization, and analytic function capabilities, such as window functions.

"Splice Machine neatly bridges the space between Hadoop and the traditional RDBMS," said Robin Bloor, chief analyst at The Bloor Group, in a statement. "It marries the capabilities of Hadoop, including its ability to scale, with the full complement of SQL and ACID capabilities that one needs from an operational database. It is the natural choice for companies that are looking to move database workloads to Hadoop for the sake of scale."

For enterprise customers deploying Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS version 1.0, Splice Machine offers its Safe Journey program, which is a methodology to migrate database workloads. It implements risk-mitigation best practices and leverages commercial tools that automate most of the PL/SQL conversion process. This program features services and support, including training courses, a Kickstart Package to speed implementation and on-demand consultants.

"With these new features and the validation from our charter customers, we are now fully prepared to support enterprises struggling with their existing databases and looking to scale-out affordably," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine, in a statement. "Version 1.0 of our Hadoop RDBMS, in combination with our Safe Journey program, is a platform that enterprises can confidently go live on."

Splice Machine added a number of enhancements to the database for version 1.0., including advanced SQL analytic capabilities based on the SQL-2003 standard and native backup and recovery. It also supports bulk, parallel export for exporting query results for use in spreadsheets. The database’s integration with Hadoop ecosystem provides HCatalog support for integration to MapReduce, Hive, Pig and Spark. It also provides LDAP authentication and column-level privileges. And the Splice Machine Console v1.0 provides insight into query performance.

"Splice Machine’s Hadoop RDBMS delivers an enterprise-grade data management solution for transactional workloads on Hadoop," said Tim Stevens, vice president of business and corporate development at Hadoop software provider Cloudera, in a statement. "Splice Machine's Hadoop RDBMS complements the analytic capabilities of a Cloudera enterprise data hub and enables our customers with greater efficiency and flexibility for handling all types of workloads."

A standalone version of the Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS, version 1.0, is now available for download here. The Splice Machine database is available for licensing at a per node price that includes 24/7 technical support.

In August, Splice Machine announced a $3 million extension to its financing from venture capital firm Correlation Ventures. The VC firm, along with well-known database industry luminaries Roger J. Sippl and Roger Bamford, provided the additional investment to help Splice Machine accelerate its Hadoop RDBMS product development and build out the sales and marketing teams for the technology. The funding expanded the initial $15 million Series B investment from Interwest Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) and brought the total round to $18 million.

Roger J. Sippl was the founder, chairman and CEO of Informix, a leading database provider until it was acquired by IBM in 2001. Joining Oracle in 1984, Roger Bamford was one of the founding members of the company's database team and is known as the founding father of Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle's grid products.

Originally published on eWeek.

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