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New Progress DataDirect Connect Enhancements Provide Access to Hadoop and the Cloud


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Progress Software, a provider of software for connecting business applications to data and services, has released DataDirect Connect and DataDirect Connect XE for ODBC 7.1. The releases provide fast, reliable, secure and scalable connectivity for Apache Hive, as well as expanded support for cloud databases including Microsoft SQL Azure. DataDirect Connect and DataDirect Connect XE for ODBC 7.1 also offer new features for IBM DB2 10.1, IBM DB2 pureScale 9.8, Teradata 14, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

The new DataDirect Connect ODBC driver for Apache Hive provides corporate users and analysts with business intelligence to make accurate decisions with speed and precision. ISVs and OEMs can have one driver with DataDirect quality and performance to enable their applications to connect to all major Hadoop distributions, including Apache Hadoop, MapR Apache Hadoop, Amazon EMR and Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop. “What you see in this release is significant performance gains on data type handling,” Michael Benedict, Progress Software’s vice president of data connectivity, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

The newly released DataDirect Connect drivers also include Cloud database connectivity, with efficient SQL access to Microsoft SQL Azure. Database coverage has expanded to include support and certification of IBM DB2 10.1, IBM DB2 pureScale 9.8, Teradata 14, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012, as well as expanded native database security for Oracle Advanced Security (OAS). “A driver can have massive impact on performance and some of the features of an application,” Benedict emphasizes.

Progress DataDirect Connect and Data Direct Connect XE for ODBC 7.1 drivers are available now. Visit www.progress.com to learn more.


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