MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2015) - Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company founded by the team that developed Facebook's data infrastructure, today announced that the Qubole Data Service (QDS) platform now includes a connector to Amazon Redshift, further extending the data sources available directly within QDS.

Qubole Data Service is a self-service platform for big data analytics that runs on the three major public clouds: Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure. QDS is a fully managed big data offering that leverages the latest open source technologies, such as Apache Hadoop, Hive, Presto, Pig, Oozie, Sqoop and Spark, to provide the only comprehensive, "everything as a service" data analytics platform complete with enterprise security features, an easy to use UI and built in data governance.

Redshift is a cloud-based data warehouse offered as part of Amazon Web Services (AWS). With the new Redshift connector on QDS, data scientists can run queries on data stored in Redshift directly within the QDS workbench. This improves productivity and eliminates the need to open multiple applications and windows to analyze structured and unstructured data using the most appropriate tools and technologies.

Because Redshift can be faster at handling structured data sets, analysts often conduct queries on larger unstructured data using technologies like Hive or Spark, and then save the results into Redshift for deeper and speedier analysis. This approach, however, typically requires multiple steps and multiple applications. With the new connector, data analysts can now switch from analyzing unstructured data to analyzing structured data in Redshift seamlessly within QDS -- all with a few clicks in one window on one platform.

"Redshift is a popular service for managing and analyzing structured data in the cloud," said Ashish Thusoo, co-founder and CEO of Qubole. "The new connector makes it easy for data scientists to include Redshift queries in their workflow along with other analytics tools, saving steps and time. Building on our recent addition of Apache Spark to QDS, the Redshift connector further extends Qubole's lead as the most comprehensive big data platform."

About Qubole
Qubole is a big data-as-a-service company that provides a fast, easy and reliable path to turn big data into valuable business insights. Qubole's cloud-based platform addresses the challenges of processing huge volumes of structured and unstructured data. It uses clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Google Compute and Microsoft Azure to help enterprises put big data processing in the hands of their users while enabling their operations teams to be nimble and adaptive to their users' needs. Qubole achieves this through features such as auto-scaled big data clusters and integrated tool sets for data analysts, developers and business users. With more than 100 PB of data processed every month across its customer base, Qubole's platform makes enterprises agile with big data.

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