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EMC Greenplum Introduces Free Community Edition of "Big Data" Tools

Enables the community to better understand their data, gain deeper and better visualize insights

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EMC Corporation has released a free Community Edition of the EMC Greenplum Database, the massively parallel processing (MPP) database product, along with free analytic algorithms and data mining tools. Free downloads are immediately available at

Building on earlier Greenplum “Big Data” developments, such as the EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance, the new EMC Greenplum Community Edition removes the cost barrier to entry for big-data power tools empowering large numbers of developers, data scientists, and other data professionals. This free set of tools enables the community to better understand their data, gain deeper insights, and better visualize insights, and contribute and participate in the development of next-generation tools and solutions. With the Community Edition stack, developers can build complex applications to collect, analyze, and operationalize big data leveraging best of breed big data tools including the Greenplum Database with its in-database analytic processing capabilities.

The free EMC Greenplum Community Edition includes:

  • Greenplum Database CE, a massively parallel processing (MPP) database product for large-scale analytics and next-gen data warehousing

  • MADlib, the open source analytic algorithms library, providing data-parallel implementations of mathematical, statistical, and machine learning methods for structured and unstructured data

  • Alpine Miner, a third-party analytics tool, is an intuitive visual data mining modeler that delivers rapid "modeling to scoring" capabilities, leverages in-database analytics, and is purpose-built for "big data" applications

The initial release of the EMC Greenplum Community Edition is designed for both first-time users and experienced Greenplum customers. First-time users gain access to a comprehensive, purpose-built business analytics environment that enables them to view, modify, and enhance included demo data files, enabling experimentation with “Big Data” analytical tools within the Greenplum database. Existing users can download an upgraded version of Greenplum Database CE and analytic tools for integration into their development and research environments.

The Community Edition can be downloaded as a pre-configured VMWare virtual appliance for use on laptops and desktops, or as a set of packages for deployment on user machines. All users are free to participate in new Greenplum Community Forums to get support, collaborate, post ideas, and test enhancements developed by various users independently. Regular Community Edition updates will be made available online. The Community Edition is intended for experimentation, development, and research purposes only. Current Single-Node Edition users can deploy the new Community Edition in their single-node production environments. Greenplum commercial licenses must be purchased prior to using code for internal data processing or for any commercial or production purpose.

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