MapR Releases New Ecosystem Pack with Optimized Security and Performance for Apache Spark

April 10, 2017

Optimizes self-service data discovery on the MapR Converged Data Platform

San Jose, CA -- April 10, 2017 -- MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of the Converged Data Platform that converges the essential data management and application processing technologies on a single, horizontally scalable platform, today announced its next major release of the MapR Ecosystem Pack (MEP) program. MEP is a broad set of open source ecosystem projects that enable big data applications running on the MapR Converged Data Platform with inter-project compatibility. Version 3.0 of MEP provides enhanced security for Spark, new Spark connectors for MapR Database and HBase, significant updates and integrations with Drill, and a faster version of Hive.

“The adoption of Spark and Drill continues to advance at a fast pace with enterprises worldwide,” said Will Ochandarena, senior director, product management, MapR Technologies. “With a regular cadence of ecosystem updates that make it easier to adopt for production use, our customers immediately benefit from rapid open source innovation with the reliability, scale and performance of the Converged Data Platform.”

The MapR Ecosystem Pack removes the complexity of coordinating many different community projects and versions. MapR develops, tests, and integrates open source ecosystem projects such as Apache Drill, Spark, Hive, and Myriad, among others. The new MapR Ecosystem Pack version 3.0 includes:

Apache Spark 2.1.0

The Spark 2.1 release focuses on improvements in enterprise-ready stability and security including:

  • Scalable partition handling
  • Data Type APIs graduate to “stable”
  • More than 1200 fixes on the Spark 2.X line
  • Provides for secure connections using MapR-SASL in addition to Kerberos for
    • Inbound client connections to the Spark Thrift server
    • Spark connections to Hive Metastore
  • Support for impersonation on SELECT statements

Native Spark Connector for MapR Database JSON

The Native Spark Connector for MapR Database JSON makes it easier to build real-time or batch pipelines between data and MapR Database while leveraging Spark or Spark Streaming within the pipeline. Designed to be highly efficient and simplify code development, the Native Spark Connector includes:

  • Two new APIs that allow you to load data from a MapR Database JSON table to a Spark RDD or save a Spark RDD to a MapR Database JSON table
  • A custom data partitioner for better performance
  • Data locality of MapR Database to launch Spark executors when it reads data

Spark-HBase and MapR Database Binary Connector

The new Spark-HBase connector provides the ability to write applications that consume HBase binary tables and use them in Spark. Added features include:

  • Bulk insertion into HBase
  • Spark SQL for HBase

Apache Drill 1.10

Significant updates have been added in this release around BI tool integration, end to end security, performance, and usability. Highlights of Drill 1.10 include:

  • Tableau native connectivity
  • Support for the CREATE TEMPORARY TABLE AS (CTTAS) command.
  • Support for Kerberos & MapR-SASL authentication between the client and drillbit
  • Ability to query data with Hue 3.12 (experimental only)
  • Improved compatibility with Hive/Spark generated Parquet files
  • Improved query diagnostics
  • ~110 bug fixes & other improvements

Apache Hive 2.1.1

The MEP 3.0 release includes a faster version of Hive to greatly improve the speed for data processing tasks, provide smaller latency for interactive queries, and higher throughput for batch queries. Other key improvements include:

  • 2X Faster ETL through a smarter Cost-Based Optimizer (CBO), faster type conversions and dynamic partition pruning.
  • New HiveServer UI with new diagnostics and monitoring tools
  • Dynamically partitioned hash joins provide unsorted inputs in order to eliminate the sorting.

MapR Streams C Applications

With MapR core Release 5.2.1, you can develop C applications for MapR Streams. The MapR Streams C Client is a distribution of librdkafka that integrates with MapR Streams.

MapR Streams Python Applications

With MapR core Release 5.2.1, you can create python applications for MapR Streams using the MapR Streams Python client. The Streams Python client is a binding for librdkafka and contains support for high-level consumers.


The MapR Ecosystem Pack version 3.0 is available now. For more information and to stay up to date on new product information, visit here.

Upcoming Webinar

To learn more about the new features in the MapR Ecosystem Pack, please join MapR on April 27 at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET) for a free, live webinar. To register, please visit here.


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