The Differences Between PrestoSQL, PrestoDB and Trino

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Which one is right for you?

Just like Linux, there are multiple variants of Presto to choose from:

PrestoDB


Martin Traverso, David Phillips, Dain Sundstrom, and Eric Hwang created PrestoDB in 2012 while at Facebook. It was initially created to solve for slow queries on a 300 PB Hive
Data Warehouse.

Martin, David, Dain and Eric needed to build a SQL-based MPP engine that would be easy to use based on existing skills, easy to connect to any database, warehouse, or data lake, and easy to integrate with any BI tool. Presto was created to solve for speed and cost-efficiency of data access at a massive scale.

Trino

Formerly PrestoSQL


In 2018 Martin, Dain, and David left Facebook to pursue building the Presto Open Source Community full-time, under the new name PrestoSQL. While PrestoDB was built to make queries more efficient for hyper-scale internet companies, like Facebook and Uber, PrestoSQL was built for a much broader variety of customers and use cases.

In December 2020, PrestoSQL was rebranded as Trino. Trino (formerly PrestoSQL) brings the value of Presto to a broad array of companies in varying stages of cloud adoption who need faster access to all of their data. Companies like LinkedIn, Lyft, Netflix, GrubHub, Slack, Comcast, FINRA, Condé Nast, Nordstrom and thousands of others use Trino today.

Meet the Creators of Presto and Trino

Martin Traverso

Creator of Presto, Creator of Trino, Co-Founder of the Trino Software Foundation, and CTO at Starburst. Prior to Starburst, Martin worked as a Software Engineer at Facebook, and a Software Architect at Proofpoint and Ning.

Dain Sundstrom

Creator of Presto, Creator of Trino, Co-Founder of the Trino Software Foundation, and CTO at Starburst. Prior to Starburst, Dain was a Software Engineer at Facebook, a Software Architect at Proofpoint, founded the Apache Geronimo project, and was one of the original JBoss authors.

David Phillips

Creator of Presto, Creator of Trino, Co-Founder of the Trino Software Foundation, and CTO at Starburst. Prior to Starburst, David was a Software Engineer at Facebook, and held senior engineering positions at Proofpoint, Ning and Adknowledge.

Starburst delivers an enterprise-grade platform for Trino, no matter which variant you choose.

Starburst Enterprise

Fast, free, distributed SQL query engine for big data analytics

Starburst offers a free, unlicensed version which includes:

  • Certified and secure releases
  • Cost-based optimization for federated queries
  • Connector extensions, including table statistics
  • Usage metrics

Data leaders trust Trino (formerly PrestoSQL)

Netflix, Verizon, FINRA, AirBnB, Comcast, Yahoo, and Lyft are powering some of the biggest analytic projects in the world with Trino.

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