A New Front in the Data Wars? How to Evaluate Data Lakehouse Table Formats

September 19, 2022

At the height of the big data wars in the early 2010s, Hadoop vendors, cloud providers, and large technology companies battled over the future file format for analytics: Apache Parquet or ORC. Although both are still popular open source columnar file storage formats, ultimately they’ve been optimized for different use cases and tools, with Parquet rising as the industry standard. A decade later, a similar battle has emerged, this time over the table format for analytics.

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