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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Impala™ as a Top-Level Project
Date Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:00:40 GMT
[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/WpqC ]

High performance analytic database for Apache Hadoop in-Cloud or
on-premises in use at Caterpillar, Cox Automotive, Jobrapido, Marketing
Associates, the New York Stock Exchange, phData, and Quest Diagnostics,
among others.

Forest Hill, MD —28 November 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350
Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache®
Impala™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level
Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have
been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.
Apache Impala is a modern, high-performance analytic database for Apache
Hadoop. The massively parallel processing (MPP) SQL query engine allows
for analytical queries on data stored on-premises (in HDFS or Apache
Kudu) or in Cloud object storage via SQL or business intelligence tools
without having to migrate data sets into specialized systems or
proprietary formats.

"The Impala project has grown a lot since we entered incubation in
December 2015," said Jim Apple, Vice President of Apache Impala. "With
the help of our mentors and the Incubator, we have grown as a community
and adopted the Apache Way, all while the Impala contributors have
helped make Impala more stable and performant."

In addition to using the same unified storage platform as other Hadoop
components, Impala also uses the same metadata, SQL syntax (Apache Hive
SQL), ODBC driver, and user interface (Impala query UI in Hue) as Hive.
This provides a familiar and unified platform for real-time or
batch-oriented queries. Impala provides:

 - A familiar SQL interface that data scientists and analysts already
 know;
 - The ability to query high volumes of data (Big Data) in Apache
 Hadoop;
 - Distributed queries in a cluster environment, for convenient scaling
 and to make use of cost-effective commodity hardware;
 - The ability to share data files between different components with no
 copy or export/import step; for example, to write with Apache Pig,
 transform with Hive and query with Impala. Impala can read from and
 write to Hive tables, enabling simple data interchange using Impala for
 analytics on Hive-produced data; and
 - A single system for big data processing and analytics, so customers
 can avoid costly modeling and ETL just for analytics.

Impala was inspired by Google's F1 database, which also separates query
processing from storage management. It was originally released in 2012
and entered the Apache Incubator in December 2015. The project has had
four releases during its incubation process.

"In 2011, we started development of Impala in order to make
state-of-the-art SQL analytics available to the user community as
open-source technology," said Marcel Kornacker, original founder of the
Impala project. "The graduation to an Apache Top-Level Project is a
recognition of the exceptional developer community that stands behind
this project."

Apache Impala is deployed across a number of industries such as
financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications, and is in use at
companies that include Caterpillar, Cox Automotive, Jobrapido, Marketing
Associates, the New York Stock Exchange, phData, and Quest Diagnostics.
In addition, Impala is shipped by Cloudera, MapR, and Oracle.

"Apache Impala is our interactive SQL tool of choice. Over 30 phData
customers have it deployed to production," said Brock Noland, Chief
Architect at phData. "Combined with Apache Kudu for real-time storage,
Impala has made architecting IoT and Data Warehousing use-cases dead
simple. We can deploy more production use-cases with fewer people,
delivering increased value to our customers. We're excited to see Impala
graduate to a top-level project and look forward to contributing to its
success."

"We use Apache Impala to boost performance of our SQL queries against
our data lake," said Matteo Coloberti, Head of Analytics at Jobrapido.
"Impala is an incredible service that gives us impressive performance on
queries."

"We used to distribute Microsoft Excel reports to clients every one or
two days but now they can search on their own by customer, sales deal,
or even service type," said Andy Frey, CTO of Marketing Associates.
"Apache Impala is used to query millions of rows to identify specific
records that match the clients' criteria. We've even given clients a
'Query Hadoop' option that allows them to create simple SQL statements
and query Hadoop directly via Impala. We're able to offer a faster,
richer, and more accurate selection of services without the labor or
latency concerns that we used to have."

"The Apache Impala community is growing, and we welcome new contributors
to join in our efforts in our code, documentation, issue tracker, and
discussion forums," added Apple.

Catch Apache Impala in action at Not Another Big Data Conference, taking
place 12 December 2017 in Palo Alto, CA.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Impala software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is
overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project.
A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day
operations, including community development and product releases. For
downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache
Impala, visit http://impala.apache.org/ and
https://twitter.com/ApacheImpala

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases
wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation.
All code donations from external organizations and existing external
projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1)
ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and
2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles.
Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further
review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision
making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other
successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a
reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For
more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's
most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process
known as "The Apache Way," more than 680 individual Members and 6,300
Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop
freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users
worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the
Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official
user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3)
charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate
sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget
Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook,
Google, Hewlett Packard, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi,
LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red
Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more
information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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