Dremio unveils ‘forever free’ tools for data lake analytics

March 2, 2022

Dremio Corp., developer of an SQL query engine that works on the semistructured data repositories called data lakes, is kicking off its Subsurface conference today with what it says is the most significant set of new and updated products in its history – and all are perpetually free.

They include the general availability of its cloud service and two new services: Dremio Sonar, a lakehouse engine built for SQL, and Dremio Arctic, a metadata and data management service for the Apache Iceberg high-performance format for large analytic tables.

The company said Dremio Cloud is the first lakehouse platform to be built from scratch for SQL workloads. “In the past, companies had to weigh the pros and cons of data lakes versus data warehouses,” Chief Executive Billy Bosworth said in a prepared statement. “We’ve eliminated this tradeoff by providing a frictionless and infinitely scalable service that delivers the combined benefits of both.”

‘Easy to get started’

Dremio Cloud is being made available as a perpetually free service on the assumption that “companies will become familiar with Dremio, run their analytics on our platform and some percentage of them will later realize it’s valuable and want enterprise security and support, service-level agreements and integration with their cloud identity management system,” said co-founder and Chief Product Officer Tomer Shiran (pictured). “We’re focusing on making it easy for people to get started.”

Dremio Sonar is a free service built for SQL that delivers all the performance and features of a data warehouse on Amazon S3 object storage. Based on the Apache Arrow columnar in-memory analytics engine, Dremio Sonar is 68% faster than its predecessor and supports inserts, updates, deletes and transactions, or “all the operations you can do in a data warehouse query,” Shiran said. This enables users to run business intelligence workloads directly on the lakehouse.

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