MapR extends Support for SAS to Deliver Big Data Storage Independence

MapR provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced it has extended itssupport for SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services.  Joint customers can now benefit from comprehensive interoperability between SAS technologies and the enterprise-grade MapR Distribution including Hadoop. The collaboration between SAS and MapR provides advanced analytics with ease of data preparation and integration with legacy systems, assurance of Service Level Agreements, and security and data governance compliance. Additionally, joint customers can now cost-effectively grow their big data storage infrastructure without relying on storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS).

“The combined SAS and MapR offeringsprovide joint customers increased flexibility to use the power of advanced analytics in a Hadoop environment,” said David Shamlin, Senior Director of Research & Development at SAS. “SAS continues to invest in developing our High Performance capabilities with Hadoop vendors to ensure customers get the most value out of all their data.”

The collaboration makesavailable the full scope of technologies in the SAS portfolio, including SAS® LASR™ Analytic Server, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS High-Performance Analytics, and SAS Data Loader for Hadoop.Complete MapR integration delivers security and full POSIX compliance for use in “share everything architectures,”as well as enables SAS Visual Analytics to easily and securely access all data. With SAS Data Loader for Hadoop, users can prepare, cleanse and integrate data inside MapR for improved performance and then load that data in-memory into SAS LASR for visualization or analysis, all without writing code.

“MapR provides a reliable data store that removesthe need for joint customers to rely on SAN or NAS for expansion,” said Steve Campbell, senior director, business development, MapR Technologies.  “This unique benefit provides a compelling solution for SAS users and we look forward to continuing to grow the number of customers deploying Hadoop environments for big data analytics.”

The MapR Distribution supports major and emerging Apache Hadoop projects with an enterprise-grade platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical and real-time production uses.