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Progress Software Announces “Preview Program” Of New DataDirect ODBC Driver For Hadoop

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a global software company that simplifies and enables the development and deployment of business applications, is offering a limited-availability preview program of its latest data connectivity innovation to be added to its premium data connectivity driver portfolio. The new, high-performance DataDirect® Connect® XE for ODBC driver for Hadoop Hive will enable reliable, secure and highly-scalable connectivity to multiple distributions of Hadoop.

In today’s world of massive volumes of data (aka “Big Data”), organizations are increasingly using Apache Hadoop open source software to allow them to more easily process these huge amounts of data. Also, many organizations are using Apache Hive™ data warehouse for data summarization, query and analysis. However, data comes in many forms and organizations need the ability to perform additional analysis in real-time using their existing SQL-based business intelligence and data analytics tools. This means they need a highly flexible and rock-solid connection to these tools. Without such connectivity, companies’ analysts and decision makers are locked out of the insights contained in the Hadoop-based data warehouse.

The new DataDirect Connect for ODBC driver for Hadoop will deliver the same breadth, quality, and efficiency that more than 300 OEM partners and hundreds of thousands of users of the comprehensive DataDirect data connectivity portfolio already enjoy today. For the corporate user, this driver will unlock reams of business intelligence and provide business analysts the information they need to make accurate decisions quickly and easily. For ISVs and OEMs, this connectivity now means that they can have one driver, with DataDirect quality, performance and advanced features to enable their applications to connect to most major distributions of Hadoop, including Apache Hadoop, MapR Apache Hadoop and Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop.

The DataDirect Connect for ODBC driver for Hadoop is expected to ship at the end of October 2012, with preview access available for a limited number of participants beginning in September. More information on how to get a jumpstart using this driver can be found at:

Michael Benedict, vice president and business line manager, Progress DataDirect, said: “The open source Apache Hadoop and Hive frameworks are incredibly good resources for companies to quickly and affordably store and process massive amounts of data in a distributed computing environment, opening the possibility to consume and monetize Big Data in ways not previously possible. However, core limitations remain around the commonly overlooked challenges of connectivity required for mass adoption and utilization of any data store.”

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