Kx and Magnitude Collaborate to Offer Connection to Business Intelligence Tools

Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, and Magnitude Software are releasing a new driver to enhance Kx’s support for accessing large volumes of external enterprise data via the industry-standard ODBC.

Using the Magnitude Simba ODBC driver, custom-built for the kdb+ time-series database, kdb+ users will now have a high-performance interface to seamlessly connect to third-party business intelligence tools such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI and Excel, as well as other data visualization applications.

Kdb+ is both an in-memory and on disk database with a robust built-in query language, q, and a complete real-time streaming architecture.

Recognized for its simplicity and performance, kdb+ is increasingly being used in machine learning and other applications, which are integrated with other software tools.

Facilitating fast and easy connectivity was a key motivation for the collaboration between Magnitude Simba and Kx.

The objective of the Kx and Magnitude Simba partnership is to provide kdb+ customers with a robust ODBC interface to external data directly from kdb+ using a fully featured and certified connector.

This ODBC connector can replace or complement existing ODBC connectors from Kx that customers have in place. The new kdb+/ODBC driver is simple to deploy and widely supported, which will further serve to encourage the use of kdb+ by a greater universe of developers.

“The partnership with Kx marks the first Simba driver connecting to a high performance in-memory and on-disk software time-series database,” said Tony Fisher, general manager of Magnitude Connectivity and the Simba business. “During development, Simba’s team collaborated with developers at Kx and with Kx customers to gather direct feedback regarding what users would like to see in a new ODBC driver.”

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