Yesterday, Simba officially announced our suite of Mac ODBC drivers for Big Data.  Every time I go to a Big Data conference like O’Reilly Strata or Hadoop Summit, I see a plethora of Macs.  It seems that a lot of Data Scientists use Macs.  In fact, Tableau, which seems to be the BI tool of choice in the Big Data space is soon coming out with a Mac version of Tableau.  Microsoft Excel on the Mac is also quite popular and many of us have wondered when Microsoft will come out with a full version of Pivot Tables on Mac Excel.

The Simba ODBC drivers on the Mac include Hive, HBase, Cassandra, and MongoDB.  Some of these drivers are already in production like the Hive Mac ODBC driver we have with Hortonworks.  Hortonworks has put together some good resources around this driver including this tutorial document: “Installing and Configuring the Hortonworks ODBC driver on Mac OS X“.  If you are using HDP, you can download the Hive Mac ODBC driver here: http://hortonworks.com/products/hdp-2/?b=3#add_ons.  Alternatively, you can go to the Simba website and get access to all the ODBC drivers.  Some of the Mac ODBC drivers are in Beta so if you can’t find the one you want, please email us: solutions at Simba dot com and we can get you set up quite quickly.

All of the Simba Mac ODBC drivers are based on the SimbaEngine ODBC SDK.  SimbaEngine ODBC SDK is the core tool that Simba uses to build all of our drivers.  SimbaEngine ODBC SDK is also the tool used by many database companies to build their own ODBC drivers.  So, if there is an ODBC driver that you need but can’t find, we can easily build it using SimbaEngine.  The advantage of SimbaEngine is that it is fully cross platform.  This means SimbaEngine supports Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, and HP/UX.  Therefore, an ODBC driver built using SimbaEngine can be deployed on any operating system.