Google Acquires Open Source Big Data Platform Cask

Last week Cask Data, known for its open source Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP), announced that it's being acquired by Google -- specifically Google's cloud division.

"We are thrilled to announce that Cask Data, Inc. will be joining Google Cloud!" the company's founders, Jonathan Gray and Nitin Motgi, said in its online announcement of the purchase.

"We could not have asked for a better home for our open source big data platform," they continued. "We believe the combination of CDAP and GCP [Google Cloud Platform] will provide compelling solutions for enterprise developers, bringing them new levels of accessibility, performance and scale."

Cask bills CDAP as the industry's "first unified integration" big data platform that "cuts down the time to production for data applications and data lakes by 80 percent."

It is currently in version 4.3.4 and can be downloaded here.

"We're thrilled to welcome the talented Cask team to Google Cloud, and are excited to work together to help make developers more productive with our data processing services both in the cloud and on-premise," commented GCP Group Project Manager William Vambenepe in the same announcement. "We are committed to open source, and look forward to driving the CDAP project's growth within the broader developer community."

A tutorial on using CDAP to build a data lake with GCP can be found here.

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