The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), has announced that the Apache Drill, a schema-free SQL query engine which delivers real-time insights, as a Top Level Project (TLP). Being upgraded to the TLP, Drill will have the autonomy at the Apache Software Foundation to make its own decisions, operating on a dedicated platform - drill.apache.org, moving out from its ealier domain - incubator.apache.org/drill.
The open source Apache Drill enables writing SQL queries on data stored in Hadoop, removing the constraint of building and maintaining schemas before data can be analyzed, supporting rapid application development and analytics on Apache Hadoop.
Apache Drill, a Apache License v2.0 project which was first announced in August 2012, provides users the ability to run interactive ANSI SQL queries on complex or constantly evolving data including JSON, Parquet, and HBase without ever worrying about schema definitions. The project receives code contributions from individual committers representing MapR, LinkedIn, Hortonworks, Pentaho, and Cisco, among others.
According to ASF, Drill reduces the burden on IT developers and administrators who prepare and maintain datasets for analysis. Analysts can explore data in real-time, pull in new datasets on the fly, and also use traditional BI tools to visualize the data easily by themselves, added ASF.