Starburst Announces New Product Release Which Extends Flexibility When Building Data Lakehouse Architecture

Starburst Enterprise adds dbt integration and enhanced support for Materialized Views, Apache Iceberg and MinIO, expanding data access and analytics across cloud and on-prem environments

BOSTON, November 16, 2021 Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, today announced the availability of the latest version of Starburst Enterprise. With enhanced performance, connectivity and security, Starburst Enterprise streamlines and expands data access across cloud and on-prem environments. Support for Apache Iceberg and MinIO with enhancements to materialized views empowers both data teams and domain experts with new data lake functionality that accelerates the journey to a data mesh architecture.

“Apache Iceberg is a rapidly growing open table format designed for petabyte scale datasets. With the addition of Starburst support for querying data stored in Apache Iceberg, Starburst now provides its customers the optionality to use Iceberg or Delta Lake (or both) table formats for their data lakehouse architecture,” said Matt Fuller, VP, Product and co-founder of Starburst. “Additionally, as companies continue to adopt hybrid and cross-cloud architectures, their data gravity is both in the cloud and on-prem. Businesses with data stored on-prem are opting for S3-compatible storage, such as MinIO as they build their private, cloud-like architecture. With official Starburst support for querying data stored in MinIO, MinIO users can enhance their hybrid and cross-cloud strategies.”

“We created Iceberg to fix the scalability of Hive tables, and ended up making a larger impact on productivity for our data engineers,” said Ryan Blue, Co-Creator of Apache Iceberg and Co-Founder & CEO of Tabular. “We’re excited to partner with Starburst to support companies that want to embrace open standards and bring performance, scale, and productivity gains.”

“As hybrid and multicloud architectures become pervasive, MinIO has emerged as the standard for object storage due to its performance, resilience, scalability and security characteristics,” noted Ugur Tigli, Chief Technology Officer of MinIO. “With comprehensive support for the S3 API, Starburst customers can run their performance-oriented analytical workloads on data stored in MinIO, no matter the scale.”

The release includes integration support with dbt. dbt is a popular and rapidly growing data transformation workflow tool. This functionality allows data teams to use SQL to create data transformations using Starburst in their data lakehouse. 

“dbt and Trino’s SQL-based approach, makes analytics more accessible to the greatest number of people in organizations. Business logic expressed in SQL, using software engineering best practices like version control, testing, and modularity are foundational to the analytics engineering workflow enabled by dbt,” said Nikhil Kothari, Head of Technology Partnerships at dbt Labs. “We’re happy to be collaborating with the Starburst team to bring the analytics engineering workflow to customers working across distributed data.”

For companies building data products, whether as part of a data mesh architecture or otherwise, this release also delivers new features for building and optimizing data products via materialized views. This capability greatly improves domain experts’ capacity to control how their data products are presented to data consumers.

In addition to new data lake and data product capabilities, this release of Starburst Enterprise includes these new and enhanced offerings:

  • This release significantly improves user experience by enhancing troubleshooting workflow with real-time transparency into server activity. Specific enhancements include updates to Worksheets and Live Queries, helping data engineers pinpoint issues related to performance of a particular cluster or a data source.  
  • The enhanced Apache Ranger integrated experience makes initial set-up even easier. This improvement allows for a more frictionless experience by syncing the Starburst user store directly with Ranger. 
  • Starburst continues to enhance integrations with various business intelligence tools. This release adds Kerberos support in Starburst’s Tableau Connector.

In this release, Starburst Enterprise has also added connectivity to Vertica and Splunk along with a series of enhancements to existing connectors. Starburst Enterprise’s new connector to Vertica provides additional capability to access large datasets. The new Splunk connector provides IT and DevOps teams with the ability to query their machine-generated data for use cases such as cyber security threat detection. In addition to the new Vertica and Splunk connectors, Starburst has continued investing in its existing portfolio of connectors with new updates on performance and security for a number of proprietary connectors.

For more information, register for Starburst Enterprise’s Q4 Release Webinar on December 15, 2021. 

About Starburst
Starburst is the analytics engine for the Data Mesh. We unlock the value of distributed data by making it fast and easy to access, no matter where it lives. Starburst queries data across any database, making it instantly actionable for data-driven organizations. With Starburst, teams can lower the total cost of their infrastructure and analytics investments, prevent vendor lock-in, and use the existing tools that work for their business. Trusted by companies like Comcast, FINRA, and Condé Nast, Starburst helps companies make better decisions faster on all data.

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