MemSQL in Advanced Data Analytics

Why use a battery of "complicated" and "immature" tools like Kafka, Zookeeper, and NoSQL databases to support low-latency big data applications when you can use a durable, consistent, SQL-compliant in-memory database?

This is the question NewSQL in-memory database vendors MemSQL and VoltDB are posing to big-data developers who are trying to build real-time applications. MemSQL this week announced a two-way, high-performance MemSQL Spark Connector designed to complement the fast-growing Apache Spark in-memory analytics platform.  

"There's a lot of excitement about Spark, but many data scientists struggle with complexity and the high degree of expertise to work with related data pipelines," said Erik Frenkiel, CEO and cofounder of MemSQL, in a phone interview with InformationWeek. "As a database, MemSQL offers durability and transaction support, so it can simplify those real-time data pipelines, providing the ability to ingest data and query the system through a SQL interface."

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