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What Does Ahana’s Integration With AWS Lake Formation Mean For Security


Guests: Roy Hasson (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Dipti Borkar (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Organizations: AWS (Twitter)
Ahana (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk

AWS Lake Formation is a service that is trying to, according to Roy Hasson, Principal Product Manager at AWS, solve three kinds of main problems: helping customers build and manage their data lakes quickly, address the ability to simplify the managing of fine-grained access security on top of your data in your data lake, and take that data inside of your data lake and share it between AWS accounts.

“Lake Formation,” believes Dipti Borkar, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Ahana, “is going to be the foundational service on top of S3, which will be used by pretty much every mid-market enterprise customer to build out their data lakes and do more with it and get insights from it.”

On top of that, there’s Ahana Cloud, which is a managed service for Presto. Presto is a data lake engine that has become the de facto standard for interactive queries on data lakes. Borkar had the vision to simplify SQL on S3 data lakes. Presto runs on top of data lakes and, as Borkar says it, “makes bringing insights out of S3 data lakes very, very easy.”

The announcement of Ahana’s integration with AWS Lake Formation should excite developers who work with data lakes on AWS because it will allow fine-grained access control. Hasson mentions that customers have been asking them for a single place to manage all data permissions within a data lake and Lake Formation brings that to fruition.

“When Lake Formation was launched to provide ability to define fine-grained access controls and data in S3, we started by supporting AWS native services like Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EMR, but our customers have always told us that they want to be able to use their choice of tool, Ahana and other third-party systems, to be able to access the data in the same way, but in a secure way,” says Hasson.

When asked about data lake trends, Borkar said that data warehouses and data lakes would continue to co-exist for a long period of time. Hasson believes that data lakes will become core to every business.

The summary of the show is written by Jack Wallen

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