MapR Introduces an In-Hadoop Document Database

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 29, 2015

As the Big Data trend marches forward in enterprises and as Hadoop becomes a true open source star driving the trend, MapR Technologies has remained squarely focused on Hadoop. Now, at Strata + Hadoop World the company has announced the addition of native JSON support to MapR-DB, the NoSQL database. MapR is billing the solution as the first in-Hadoop document database that will allow developers to quickly deliver scalable applications that leverage continuous analytics on real-time data.

 "With these major enhancements, developers benefit from the advantages of a document database combined with the scale, reliability and integrated analytics of enterprise-grade Hadoop and Spark," the announcement notes. "These capabilities will enhance an organization’s ability to improve a range of use cases -- from personalizing and delivering the best online shopping experience, to reducing risk and preventing fraud in real-time, to improving manufacturing efficiencies and lowering costs. To help developers experiment and experience MapR-DB, a developer preview with sample code is available for download."

MapR has steadily built out its distribution including Hadoop and positions it as architected to serve as a single platform for running analytics and operational applications. 

As for the new database capabilities, the company reports:

"MapR-DB enables continuous analytics on real-time data, while reducing cluster sprawl, eliminating data silos, and lowering the TCO of data management. The native JSON support in MapR-DB also enables faster time-to-value by letting developers quickly stand up more business applications on more data types and sources. MapR-DB supports the Open JSON Application Interface (OJAI), which is designed to be a general purpose JSON access layer across databases, file systems, and message streams, enabling a flexible and unified interface to work with big data."

 “MapR continues to build on the innovative data platform at the core of its Hadoop distribution,” said Nik Rouda, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The addition of a document database capability (JSON) neatly extends the powerful NoSQL MapR-DB to seamlessly cover more types of unstructured business data. This makes it faster and easier to build big data applications, without the burden of shuffling data around first.”

“MapR enables enterprise developers to create new value-added applications which they have only dreamed about so far,” said Anil Gadre, senior vice president, product management, MapR Technologies. “By deeply integrating a NoSQL document database deep into our platform, developers can quickly build new applications which demand ultra-low latency and huge flexibility in supporting different types of data all in one cluster.”

While the preview is now available, general availability of the new capabilities in MapR-DB will arrive next quarter.