Starburst Enterprise Presto 338-e LTS Release

Last Updated: April 6, 2023

The Starburst Enterprise Presto 338-e LTS release includes many significant features that help Starburst customers with overall performance, improved connectivity, and enhanced security. It is primarily geared towards helping the Hadoop community improve data access speed, while offering consistent data access for companies preparing to migrate to cloud storage. Starburst can also be instrumental for organizations turning Hadoop nodes into on-premise storage nodes and still have fast, secure data access, without changes to their Presto environment. See, that’s our thing… we give our customers ‘optionality’.


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This major release combines features that have been contributed back to the open source project as well as curated for Starburst Enterprise Presto customers. To experience this latest release first hand you can download it here.


The new release includes:

Query from Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) 7.1

Since its creation over a decade ago, many companies have felt Hadoop under delivered on promises of workload flexibility, performance, and ease of data access.

While Hadoop faces challenges as organizations rethink their architectures in a cloud-first world, there has been significant adoption which leaves many companies solving for optimization as a way to prolong their existing Hadoop implementation lifespan. Starburst is working to solve for the Hadoop lifespan extension in our recent release with read support on Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) 7.1.

Cloudera is recommending their customers upgrade to CDP 7.1 through EOL on previous versions. Upgrading to CDP 7.1 breaks connectivity with many tools that previously worked with Cloudera. Without Starburst, this essentially locks your data into Hadoop. By allowing customers to query data in CDP, customers can continue to leverage Presto with CDP as part of their information strategy. Furthermore, this integration allows customers to maintain connectivity with other tools and systems.

Starburst & Cloudera Logo - Lock & Key

As Hadoop changes, Gartner is keeping up with the scenarios of its future. A recent Gartner report “Choosing the Right Path When Exploring Hadoop’s Future” compares two scenarios for the future of Hadoop:

  • On-premises Hadoop to cloud-based Hadoop
  • Migrating from HDFS to cloud object storage

You can read the full report here.

Support for MapR

We’re also excited to announce, now in GA, that Starburst Enterprise Presto 338-e allows you to query data from MapR. The role of Hadoop in the big data landscape is evolving. Starburst customers have more flexibility and optionality for leveraging Hive and Hadoop. Customers that have existing MapR installations can now use Starburst Enterprise Presto.

Starburst Supports MapR - Hive Metastore points to Data


Starburst Enterprise Presto now has embedded caching in response to customer demand for faster access across frequently accessed data. Previously in Beta, caching is now GA. While already widely deployed among leading companies for ad-hoc SQL, BI, and reporting use cases, Presto caching is able to take on new use cases such as:

  • Dashboarding applications that frequently refresh the same data over and over.
  • Multi-cloud analytics where a table in one cloud (i.e. AWS) needs to be frequently joined with a table in another cloud (i.e Azure), further delivering on Starburst’s promise to enable analytics anywhere.
  • Querying data from an overwhelmed Hadoop system resulting in slower I/O bound Presto queries. With caching, you can speed up your queries by accessing the cached data closer to the Presto worker.

Starburst Enterprise Embedded Caching Diagram

Starburst Enterprise Presto with caching offers additional features and support.

Improved Teradata Connector

Our Starburst Enterprise Presto Teradata connector is getting an upgrade to support higher concurrency. Our previous version was parallel and highly performant. But there were limitations to the degree of concurrency it would support. We rearchitected our direct Teradata connector to support a much larger degree of concurrency. The enhanced connector uses a native table operator and supports a higher degree of concurrency to read data faster.

Ranger Policies via SQL

Starburst Enterprise Presto now includes the SQL standard authorization commands to grant and revoke privileges stored as Apache Ranger policies. End users are often familiar with SQL but not with Apache Ranger. This allows them to manage permissions without having to learn a new tool.

In addition to reducing the burden of having to lock down each data source, Apache Ranger policies via SQL provides a simpler way to ensure consistent grant and revoke rights for Hive users.

Apache Hive - Apache Ranger


For more information on this major release, please reference our release notes and experience our latest release for yourself

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