Kylin, Born at eBay, Graduates to Top-Level at Apache

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 08, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), has just announced that Apache Kylin, an open source big data project born at eBay, has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), "signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles."

Kylin is an open source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide an SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets. It is widely used at eBay and at a few other organizations.

"Apache Kylin's incubation journey has demonstrated the value of Open Source governance at ASF and the power of building an open-source community and ecosystem around the project," said Luke Han, Vice President of Apache Kylin. "Our community is engaging the world's biggest local developer community in alignment with the Apache Way."

As an OLAP-on-Hadoop solution, Apache Kylin aims to fill the gap between Big Data exploration and human use, "enabling interactive analysis on massive datasets with sub-second latency for analysts, end users, developers, and data enthusiasts," according to developers. "Apache Kylin brings back business intelligence (BI) to Apache Hadoop to unleash the value of Big Data," they added.

Kylin originated at eBay, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in November 2014.

"Apache Kylin brings Big Data to the enterprise and enables petabyte scale analytics on all the existing enterprise BI tools," said Debashis Saha, Vice President of Commerce Platform and Infrastructure at eBay. "We are extremely happy to do this in a community-driven manner and we look forward to continued innovation and collaboration of community members to advance Big Data OLAP."

Apache Kylin is already in use at different organizations worldwide, with rapid adoption as a critical analytic platform for the fastest growing Big Data market in China. "We have helped many of our customers with Apache Kylin to set up end-to-end business intelligence solutions," said Shicong Feng, CTO at MiningLAMP. "Apache Kylin has proved to be a very useful and powerful tool for multi-dimensional data analysis and reporting in the Big Data area, I would recommend Apache Kylin to anyone interested in making BI solutions on massive amounts of data."

Apache Kylin is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Kylin, visit and