Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A BI Platform to Tame Big Data

Big data is a popular topic these days. Though often misunderstood and commonly misrepresented, few deny that the volume and variety of data types now available to an enterprise is skyrocketing. In a separate article on the TDWI web site, I’ve tried to describe the likely sources of value to be derived from this deluge of data. In short, I see the harnessing of big data as an enormous opportunity.

Which is why Jaspersoft today announces the most comprehensive collection of Big Data connectors available from any Business Intelligence provider. In fact, we broadly consider three distinct categories of Big Data sources – all of which can now be natively accessed from Jaspersoft’s BI suite and very affordably deliver new value for an organization. These three categories are:

  • Hadoop – Jaspersoft supports Hadoop via the Hive SQL interface, reading files via HDFS including the Avro file format, as well as via HBase.

  • NoSQL – Jaspersoft offers NoSQL support for the following, broadly recognized major categories of data stores: Key Value Stores, Document Databases, BigTable Clones, Graph Databases, and Data Grid Caching among others. Jaspersoft’s open source projects for reporting against NoSQL technologies include: Cassandra, MongoDB, Riak, HBase, CouchDB, Neo4J, Infinispan, VoltDB and Redis. A non-open source connector is in beta for VMware GemFire.

  • MPP Analytic Database – Jaspersoft supports IBM’s Netezza MPP analytic database data warehouse and soon will add commercial analysis support. Vertica and EMC Greenplum are also supported.

We are passionate about making most of these connectors available through an open source license (A/GPL), true to the origins of many Big Data projects. We also expect to commercialize some of these connectors over time, expecting that many enterprises will want fully-supported and tested products complete with a commercial contract from Jaspersoft.

By supporting this breadth and depth of Big Data file types and data stores, Jaspersoft is extending its leadership as the most modern and flexible business intelligence platform available today. At once, our customers can install and use the Jaspersoft BI suite in a traditional, on-premises server – or deploy our tools as a platform-as-a-service reporting and analytics layer in the cloud. Now this architectural flexibility includes the most complete support for Big Data types in the industry.

I encourage you to learn more about our Big Data announcement, all the partners that have supported us through the development process, and the wide variety of connectors by going here. And, join us at the Strata Conference to see a demonstration of Jaspersoft 4 and its support for Big Data. Lastly, I also encourage you to participate in our Big Data community project, now live on JasperForge.

Of course, to see all-things Jaspersoft in action, I invite you to attend JasperWorld 2011, where the future of BI is now.

Brian Gentile

Chief Executive Officer



  1. Hi Brian,

    I was just wondering if you have a recommendation in terms of hardware sizing for Jaspersoft? We might explore this product for 50 concurrent users and 200 users total.

    Any recommendation for memory, cpu and disk space? Thanks!

  2. Thanks for your comment and question. The ideal hardware sizing will depend on a variety of factors, including:

    - Number of users
    - Size of your data set
    - Size of the reports that you expect to generate
    - Number of report schedules/scheduler threads you expect to have

    In general, the experience of our customers has shown that a scalable environment of application servers with the following specs has been effective in the majority of cases:

    - 4-8GB RAM
    - 2 CPUs
    - Disk space of about 500Gb (assuming proper log rotation/management)

    The disk for the repository database would depend on the number of documents you plan to store and would be sized like any database server.

    If you have any specific questions about our products and features - including GPL and/or commercial licenses - don't hesitate to contact us at: info@jaspersoft.com. Of course, to get the most out of your Jaspersoft implementation, we recommend you check out our training, documentation and consulting offerings at www.jaspersoft.com. Thanks for being a Jaspersoft community member and customer!