Starburst solves the problem of sprawling data ecosystems by providing a mechanism for you to directly query your data. Starburst was built upon the foundation laid by the open-source Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) SQL query engine Trino. The engine focuses on the problem of providing you with the fastest path to your data and lets other source systems manage your data. This provides you with the flexibility to store your data in your choice of system and query it directly where it lives.
Trino is highly customizable to your organization’s needs, allows for unparalleled scalability when compared to other query engines, and provides you with the flexibility to manage for performance as well as cost. Trino is the true separation of storage and compute and can be scaled up and down based on your analytics demands. Because Trino is focused only on the query engine side, there are a number of connectors to the most popular source data systems which provide you with a plethora of options on how to access your data.
While getting started with Trino is relatively straightforward, deploying at scale is another beast entirely. Trino allows your data analysts, business intelligence users, and other data consumers in your organization to access a wide range of data from the data lake, data warehouse and other database services. In order to handle these complex scenarios, you may need to deploy Trino on Kubernetes which requires someone in your organization to have technical experience with the platform and Helm. And as your organization’s data usage grows, you will eventually need to scale up your Trino clusters and add new clusters to handle increasingly critical and complex workloads.
In addition to scale issues, time spent on management and ensuring enterprise security policies are enforced can be burdensome for data teams. Your data organization needs to ensure clusters stay up for your analysts while also making sure only the right people have access to your data sources. And finally, some organizations might be slow to upgrade to the latest version of Trino since upgrading can be a difficult process for complex environments. This means you may be missing out on crucial performance upgrades and new features to enhance your workflows. Overall, as the technical complexity in your data ecosystem grows so too do the demands on your data organization.
When we set out to create Starburst Galaxy, the fully-managed cloud version of our MPP SQL engine, we endeavored to make Trino more accessible than it’s ever been. As long as you have your security credentials in hand, the set-up process has been lowered dramatically from weeks to minutes. In fact, we’ve seen new users connect to their data lake and start querying in less than five minutes with Starburst Galaxy. We’ve cut down the time to insight, vastly decreased the time spent on management, and lowered the barrier to entry by making the first truly fully-managed Trino experience available on the market today.
Starburst Galaxy was designed to be a simple and intuitive service from the start. Simply click on the catalog button, select a data source, enter your credentials and you’re ready to start. No hardware provisioning required, no Docker containers to worry about, no configuration necessary. There’s no need to upgrade to the latest version. You will always have access to the latest features and performance upgrades. Everything is handled seamlessly for you. All you need is your browser and credentials to access your various data source systems. Starburst Galaxy provides you with a query editor as well as all the information you need to connect to your analytics tool of choice.
Creating a cluster is as simple as selecting a cluster size, the catalogs you would like to query, and your preferred cloud provider/region. There are no configuration details to put in. With Starburst Galaxy, it’s as simple as making a few selections and starting a cluster. You have complete control over your preferred cluster size and who in your organization has access to it. With native security features built-in, you can assign privileges to help control who in your organizations has access to the data sources, clusters, etc. To help you control costs, we’ve built in an idle shutdown feature, which will automatically shut down your cluster after a set period of inactivity. Clusters will also wake up as you start writing a new query so you can start your query as soon as possible. This combination of features allows you to securely manage your clusters tailored to your environment with the appropriate balance of performance and cost.
Starburst Galaxy is built and maintained by the original creators of Trino (formerly known as PrestoSQL) and comes with 24/7 global support, backed by the largest team of Trino experts in the world. Upgrades and patches are handled seamlessly on the platform so your organization can take advantage of the latest features and enhancements to the product immediately.