Platfora Big Data Discovery Platform Adds Native Integration with Tableau

Platfora, which provides big data discovery built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, is updating its flagship platform with new features that, the company says, will “democratize” big data across an organization. The 5.2 release enables business users to explore big data through their favorite business intelligence tool. Platfora 5.2 features native integration to Tableau, Lens-Accelerated SQL accessible through any SQL client, and the option to run directly on the Hadoop cluster using YARN.

Lens-Accelerated SQL and Run on Hadoop Cluster are first available to Platfora customers in private beta in Platfora 5.2.   

“Getting value out of big data is more than just slicing and dicing billions of records and it can’t only be the domain of a data scientist. It requires discovering what you have and getting the data ready for analysis to use without boundaries,” said Peter Schlampp, VP of products, at Platfora. With Platfora 5.2, the company is opening up the opportunity presented big data to business users by enabling them to use the BI tools they are familiar with.

Platfora Big Data Discovery 5.2 includes a variety of new features and technical enhancements that make it possible for both business and technical users to easily integrate with their favorite tools.

With native Tableau integration, it is now possible to directly export prepared and enriched data in TDE format to Tableau Desktop or schedule data pushes automatically to Tableau Server.

In addition, Platfora lenses make access to petabyte-scale data faster than querying the data directly. Now, the company says, any BI tool can query lenses live via SparkSQL and ODBC, opening big data to any business user.

In another improvement, it is now possible to run Platfora directly on the Hadoop cluster or in the traditional dedicated configuration, allowing IT departments to take advantage of existing hardware investments and repurpose computing resources on-demand.

Enhanced vizboards in the new release also enable better data visualization.

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