Of course whenever a new technology hits the market the fireworks begin. Some of the “pure” NoSQL proponents pushed the idea that SQL would shortly hit its end of life. The arguments continue comparing the virtues of the new technology often taking shots at good ole SQL. But, as time marches forward there seems to be more alignment that its not either or but… both. Realizing SQL has a tremendous following for data query both Hortonworks and Cloudera have recently launched improvements over Hadoop’s Hive with Stinger and Impala. Both tools provide “faster” query capability using a SQL like syntax. An early mover in the space, Hadapt claims to natively integrate SQL with Hadoop. Even IBM has joined the band and has launched Big SQL (with a space) providing SQL like syntax across a Hadoop Cluster.
Our bet is better tools will continue to evolve, making it easier to glean insights from NoSQL clusters. Additionally, we look for tighter integration between trusted SQL databases and NoSQL datastores over time. Our BigSQL distribution and community looks to achieve both these objectives combining the power of Hadoop and PostgreSQL while making it easier to leverage the strengths of BOTH solutions in the real world.