Presto on Azure HDInsight

Fast, Scalable SQL Access & Integration for HDInsight

Get Presto for HDInsight in the Azure Marketplace

Scalable SQL & Data Integration for HDInsight

The Power to Query Anything with SQL

Starburst Presto for HDInsight is a distributed SQL query engine that is integrated into Azure HDInsight Platform and available via the Azure Marketplace.

Azure HDInsight is a fully-managed cloud service that makes it easy, fast, and cost-effective to process massive amounts of data. Presto and HDInsight were both designed for the separation of storage and compute which allows for flexible performance and cost. You pay only for what you use by creating clusters on demand scaling them up and down.

Integrating Presto with HDInsight provides Azure users with two new capabilities:

  • A fast, scalable, interactive SQL interface to data in Azure Blob and Azure Data Lake Storage
  • An easy way to integrate data with HDInsight by leveraging Presto’s vast portfolio of data connectors.

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“Due to its ease of use and ability to integrate data from a variety of sources at query time, Presto from Starburst offers Hadoop users high performance access to their data via SQL. We are pleased to have Starburst Presto join the rich ecosystem of big data applications for customers via Azure Marketplace.”

– ‘JG’ Chirapurath, General Manager, Azure Data & Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Corp.

Fastest Presto SQL Performance on Azure

Presto for HDInsight is built to deliver faster query processing and greater cost efficiency. Cost-based query optimization (CBO) and other enhancements make Starburst Presto the fastest way to handle big data workloads.

In recent tests on Azure, Starburst Presto ran the TPC-DS benchmark suite 2.8 times faster with the CBO enabled than without, which translates to lower cloud costs for your big data projects.

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Azure-Specific Presto Features

Presto for HDInsight integrates with a number of Azure services to make big data projects easier and less costly to develop and operate:

  • Azure Blob Storage
  • Azure Data Lake Storage
  • External Hive metastore
  • Microsoft PowerBI
  • Azure Cosmos DB connector

Gain Insight.

Presto for HDInsight integrates the open source business intelligence tool, Apache Superset. The BI web application specializes in the exploration and visualization of data, allowing you to run ad-hoc queries, design visualizations, and add them to dashboards for further exploration and sharing.

Or you can run your favorite SQL tool or service with Starburst Presto and use them together to discover actionable insights for your enterprise.

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Scale Simply, On Demand

Separation of storage and compute enables Presto for HDInsight to scale easily and inexpensively to analyze petabytes of data. You can scale compute resources elastically on demand to handle more users or more data.

Integration with the HDInsight external metastore enables you to persist Presto cluster metadata so you can shut down and restart your Presto cluster on-demand, reducing your cloud hosting costs.

Presto for HDInsight enables you to maintain steady, predictable performance at the lowest possible cost to your organization.

Get Started with Presto for Azure HDInsight

Enrich Azure HDInsight with Presto's scalable SQL interface and simplify data integration with HDInsight
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