Presto Software Foundation Launches to Advance Presto Open Source Community

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Original Presto developers create foundation to ensure independence and community-driven innovation of the world’s fastest open-source distributed SQL query engine

With the rapid expansion of both the Presto user base and Presto developer community over the last several years, establishing a non-profit to institutionalize these values is the next logical step to ensure that this project stands the test of time.

The creators of Presto announced today the launch of the Presto Software Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Presto open source distributed SQL query engine. The foundation is committed to ensuring the project remains open, collaborative and independent for decades to come.

Known for its high performance, Presto lets companies perform interactive queries on data wherever it lives, and easily scales to accommodate the largest and most complex enterprise datasets. Prominent users include global leaders like Airbnb, Facebook, LinkedIn, Lyft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber, Walmart and many more.

The Presto project was founded in 2012 by a small engineering team at Facebook with the goals of building a high performance, standards compliant, easy-to-use and dependable query engine capable of scaling to the largest datasets (exabyte scale) in the world. From day one, the project was designed and developed to be maintained by an independent open source community. In 2013, the software was released under the Apache License and development opened to the public. Since then, the Presto community has expanded globally, with developers in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Singapore, the U.S., the U.K. and more.

“From the beginning, we stressed the importance of code quality, architectural extensibility and open collaboration with the community,” said Martin Traverso, co-creator of Presto and co-founder of the Presto Software Foundation. “With the rapid expansion of both the Presto user base and Presto developer community over the last several years, establishing a non-profit to institutionalize these values is the next logical step to ensure that this project stands the test of time.”

The Presto Software Foundation is dedicated to preserving the vision of high quality, performant and dependable software developed by an open, collaborative and independent community of developers throughout the world. The foundation will be led by the three original creators of Presto: Martin Traverso, Dain Sundstrom and David Phillips. Founding members include engineers from Starburst Data, Arm Treasure Data, Qubole and Varada. Over the next few weeks, the Presto Software Foundation will start holding regular meetings to bring the community together to coordinate development efforts.

For more information about Presto and the Presto Software Foundation, including how to become involved, please visit: https://prestosql.io/foundation.html.

Quotes from the Presto community:

Justin Borgman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Starburst Data: “Starburst is proud to support the Presto Software Foundation. As the largest group of contributors to Presto outside of Facebook, our team has been working with Martin, Dain and David for years and we have trust in their continued stewardship of the project. The establishment of the foundation ensures that the project will remain independent, community-driven and focused on building high-quality software for the long-term.”

Sada Furuhashi, senior principal engineer, founder of Arm Treasure Data and creator of Fluentd: “We are excited about the newly formed Presto Software Foundation and fully endorse this growing community. From the beginning, open source has been part of Arm Treasure Data’s DNA. Presto has been accelerating our customers’ businesses as the primary query engine of choice for the platform since 2013. I have witnessed first hand from starting Fluentd the impact that making open source software easily accessible has on the developer community. It makes us all feel more connected and the world a little smaller. Our team is committed to continue contributing to Presto and looks forward to collaborating with the foundation. I strongly believe establishing this initiative provides strong direction for the ecosystem for decades to come.”

David Krakov, chief technology officer of Varada: “Presto’s high standards of quality, strength of community and the relentless improvement of performance make it the very best analytics infrastructure today for data lakes. We, at Varada, are excited to take a part in building a foundational software and leveraging Presto for our customers.”

Ashish Thusoo, chief executive officer and co-founder of Qubole: “We support the Presto Software Foundation and its mission to preserve a strong, collaborative community around the open source Presto technology. We have seen incredible adoption of Presto from companies representing all sizes and industries. The Presto distributed SQL query engine has truly become a disruptive technology, whether you are a company that needs to move from a legacy data warehouse or one that needs a scalable data platform. We look forward to supporting the foundation’s progress.”

About The Presto Software Foundation
The Presto Software Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization with the mission of supporting a community of passionate developers devoted to the advancement of the Presto distributed SQL query engine for big data. For more information, please visit: https://prestosql.io/foundation.html.

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