Set Up Your Own Data-as-a-Service Platform On Dremio with Tomer Shiran - Episode 58


November 25th, 2018

39 mins 18 secs

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About this Episode


When your data lives in multiple locations, belonging to at least as many applications, it is exceedingly difficult to ask complex questions of it. The default way to manage this situation is by crafting pipelines that will extract the data from source systems and load it into a data lake or data warehouse. In order to make this situation more manageable and allow everyone in the business to gain value from the data the folks at Dremio built a self service data platform. In this episode Tomer Shiran, CEO and co-founder of Dremio, explains how it fits into the modern data landscape, how it works under the hood, and how you can start using it today to make your life easier.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Tomer Shiran about Dremio, the open source data as a service platform


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • Can you start by explaining what Dremio is and how the project and business got started?
    • What was the motivation for keeping your primary product open source?
    • What is the governance model for the project?

  • How does Dremio fit in the current landscape of data tools?

    • What are some use cases that Dremio is uniquely equipped to support?
    • Do you think that Dremio obviates the need for a data warehouse or large scale data lake?

  • How is Dremio architected internally?

    • How has that architecture evolved from when it was first built?

  • There are a large array of components (e.g. governance, lineage, catalog) built into Dremio that are often found in dedicated products. What are some of the strategies that you have as a business and development team to manage and integrate the complexity of the product?

    • What are the benefits of integrating all of those capabilities into a single system?
    • What are the drawbacks?

  • One of the useful features of Dremio is the granular access controls. Can you discuss how those are implemented and controlled?

  • For someone who is interested in deploying Dremio to their environment what is involved in getting it installed?

    • What are the scaling factors?

  • What are some of the most exciting features that have been added in recent releases?

  • When is Dremio the wrong choice?

  • What have been some of the most challenging aspects of building, maintaining, and growing the technical and business platform of Dremio?

  • What do you have planned for the future of Dremio?

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Parting Question

  • From your perspective, what is the biggest gap in the tooling or technology for data management today?


The intro and outro music is from The Hug by The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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