Cloudera makes SQL a first-class citizen in Hadoop

Cloudera has joined the fray of Hadoop companies trying to turn the big data platform into an engine for exploring data interactively using standard SQL. As the biggest company in the space, its new technology called Impala could go a long way toward changing Hadoop’s image.

For fast, interactive Hadoop queries, Drill may be the answer

One big problem with big data is that most analytical queries are slow and non-interactive. That’s why MapR and the Apache Foundation are backing Drill, an open source version of Google’s Dremel, as a tool to address that problem