Simba Technologies Delivers ODBC 3.8 Drivers for Leading SQL Engine on Spark

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – October 15, 2014 – Today Simba Technologies Inc.®, the worldwide leader in Big Data connectivity, and Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark–the powerful open-source processing engine that provides blazingly fast and sophisticated analytics, announced that Simba Technologies is providing ODBC connectivity for Databricks’ Spark SQL. The technology pairing creates a powerful business solution for Databricks customers, giving them accessible, high-performance connectivity to their data.

“Spark SQL is the powerful and blazing-fast SQL engine for Apache Spark,” notes Simba Technologies Vice President of Sales Tom Newton. “Integrating Simba Technologies ODBC 3.8 driver further iterates Databricks’ focus on providing state-of-the-art SQL performance with Spark SQL.”

Spark SQL is the Databricks-developed SQL query engine in Apache Spark, an open-source processing engine that is the most active project in the Big Data ecosystem with over 325 contributors in the past 12 months alone. Spark SQL effectively provides data scientists with unified access to structured data, making it easy for users to perform both straightforward SQL queries and complicated algorithmic data analysis.

“As part of the Spark unified platform, Spark SQL enables interactive and large-scale, long-running queries at blazing speeds, as well as seamless access to all of Spark’s advanced analytics capabilities,” explains Ion Stoica, Databricks CEO and U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Professor. “Simba’s ODBC 3.8 connectivity broadens Spark SQL’s reach to a wealth of BI and analytics applications that enterprise users employ.”

The Databricks/Simba Technologies partnership has evolved: Earlier this year, Databricks selected Simba to provide ODBC connectivity for its Shark front-end solution.

Simba Technologies’ connectivity drivers are available for individual, enterprise, and OEM licensing. For more information and to sign up for a free trial, visit

About Simba Technologies Inc.

Simba Technologies (, @SimbaTech) is the recognized world leader in standards-based data access and analytics products and solutions for both relational and multi-dimensional data sources. Simba provides data connectivity solutions to many of the world’s leading companies on various platforms, including Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and many mobile device platforms. Simba’s data connectivity products support multiple interfaces, including ODBC, JDBC, OLE DB, OLE DB for OLAP (ODBO), XML for Analysis (XMLA), ADO, ADO.NET, ADOMD and ADOMD.NET.

Simba’s software is used worldwide. Its customers include leading independent software vendors and global enterprises like Alteryx®, Cloudera®, Datastax®, Google®, Hortonworks®, MapR®, Microsoft®, Oracle®, Qubole®, SAP®, Splunk®, Tableau®, and Teradata®.

About Databricks

Databricks was founded by the team that created and continues to drive Apache Spark, the most active open source project in the Big Data ecosystem. Databricks’ vision is to dramatically simplify big data processing and free users to focus on turning data into value. Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around Apache Spark, delivers on this vision by combining the power of Spark with a zero-management hosted platform and an initial set of applications built around common workflows. Databricks is venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz and NEA. For more information, visit

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