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Apache Drill

Drill is an Apache open-source SQL query engine for Big Data exploration. Drill is designed from the ground up to support high-performance analysis on the semi-structured and rapidly evolving data coming from modern Big Data applications, while still providing the familiarity and ecosystem of ANSI SQL, the industry-standard query language. Drill provides plug-and-play integration with existing Apache Hive and Apache HBase deployments.

Top 10 Reasons to Use Drill

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  • Drill is the world's first and only distributed SQL engine that doesn't require schemas. It shares the same schema-free JSON model as MongoDB and Elasticsearch.
  • you can query complex, semi-structured data in situ
  • Drill supports the standard SQL:2003 syntax. No need to learn a new "SQL-like" language or struggle with a semi-functional BI tool.
  • You can use your existing BI (Business Intelligence) tools, such as Tableau, MicroStrategy, QlikView and Excel
  • You can join tables associated with different Hive metastores, and you can join a Hive table with an HBase table or a directory of log files
  • Drill is extensible. You can connect Drill out-of-the-box to file systems (local or distributed, such as S3 and HDFS), HBase and Hive.
  • Drill exposes a simple, high-performance Java API to build custom user-defined functions (UDFs) for adding your own business logic to Drill
  • Drill is designed from the ground up for high throughput and low latency. It doesn't use a general purpose execution engine like MapReduce, Tez or Spark.
  • Drill is available as a simple download you can run on your laptop. When you're ready to analyze larger datasets, deploy Drill on your Hadoop cluster (up to 1000 commodity servers)


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Drill supports a variety of NoSQL databases and file systems, including HBase, MongoDB, MapR-DB, HDFS, MapR-FS, Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Swift, NAS and local files. A single query can join data from multiple datastores. For example, you can join a user profile collection in MongoDB with a directory of event logs in Hadoop.