An Exploration Of The Open Data Lakehouse And Dremio's Contribution To The Ecosystem


October 16th, 2022

50 mins 44 secs

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The "data lakehouse" architecture balances the scalability and flexibility of data lakes with the ease of use and transaction support of data warehouses. Dremio is one of the companies leading the development of products and services that support the open lakehouse. In this episode Jason Hughes explains what it means for a lakehouse to be "open" and describes the different components that the Dremio team build and contribute to.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Jason Hughes about the work that Dremio is doing to support the open lakehouse


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you describe what Dremio is and the story behind it?
  • What are some of the notable changes in the Dremio product and related ecosystem over the past ~4 years?
    • How has the advent of the lakehouse paradigm influenced the product direction?
  • What are the main benefits that a lakehouse design offers to a data platform?
  • What are some of the architectural patterns that are only possible with a lakehouse?
  • What is the distinction you make between a lakehouse and an open lakehouse?
  • What are some of the unique features that Dremio offers for lakehouse implementations?
  • What are some of the investments that Dremio has made to the broader open source/open lakehouse ecosystem?
    • How are those projects/investments being used in the commercial offering?
  • What is the purchase/usage model that customers expect for lakehouse implementations?
    • How have those expectations shifted since the first iterations of Dremio?
  • Dremio has its ancestry in the Drill project. How has that history influenced the capabilities (e.g. integrations, scalability, deployment models, etc.) and evolution of Dremio compared to systems like Trino/Presto and Spark SQL?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Dremio used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Dremio?
  • When is Dremio the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Dremio?

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