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The 10 Coolest Big Data Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

Managing ever-growing volumes of data continues to be a challenge for business and organizations. Here are 10 cool big data management tools and platforms that have caught our attention.

Databricks Delta Sharing

Databricks launched the Delta Sharing initiative in May to create an open-source data sharing protocol for securely sharing data across organizations in real time, independent of the platform on which the data resides.

Delta Sharing, included within the open-source Delta Lake 1.0 project, establishes a common standard for sharing all data types—structured and unstructured—with an open protocol that can be used in SQL, visual analytics tools, and programming languages such as Python and R. Large-scale datasets also can be shared in the Apache Parquet and Delta Lake formats in real time without copying.

The Delta Sharing initiative has already attracted support from a number of data providers, including the Nasdaq, S&P and Factset, and leading IT vendors including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google Cloud, according to Databricks.

Delta Sharing is the latest open-source initiative from Databricks, one of the most closely watched big data startups. Founded by the developers of the Apache Spark analytics engine, San Francisco-based Databricks markets the Databricks Lakehouse Platform, its flagship unified data analytics platform.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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