AtScale Tackles BI on Hadoop User Security
With the release of AtScale Intelligence Platform 4.0, the company is removing barriers that are keeping enterprises from running analytics tools directly on Hadoop.AtScale is easing the way for enterprises to run big data business intelligence and analytics directly on their Hadoop clusters. During the Strata + Hadoop World 2016 conference in today, the San Mateo, Calif.-based big data analytics software provider announced the release of AtScale Intelligence Platform 4. This latest version solves one of the biggest roadblocks faced by enterprises seeking to link their Hadoop clusters with their business intelligence (BI) tools, according to Bruno Aziza, chief marketing officer for AtScale. "If I give you access to a Hadoop cluster, I give you access to the whole data set," he told eWEEK. Clearly, this is a "showstopper" for IT administrators at security-conscious companies and organizations that operate in regulated industries. Few banks, retailers or healthcare organizations are willing to risk giving users completely free rein over their customer and transaction data for the purposes of extracting some business insights. AtScale 4.0 ships with the company's True Delegation software technology. It supports Microsoft Active Directory, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Kerberos and integrates with the Apache Sentry security framework and Apache Ranger role-based authorization module for Hadoop, to ensure that users are authorized perform queries on a Hadoop cluster.
The updated software includes role-based access controls that automatically sync with Active Directory or LDAP security group. The capabilities help organizations finally bring their Hadoop-compatible BI tools in compliance with their data governance requirements, potentially increasing adoption, said Aziza. Combined, the new capabilities provide "the same level of security that you expect from an enterprise security platform," he added.