Imply Project Shapeshift GA
November 12, 2021
Shapeshift will offer developers and organizations a next level
Druid experience that reimagines the process of building modern
analytics applications. A series of game changing capabilities will
be released throughout the next year to transform the Druid
experience to fit a cloud-native, developer-centric world.
Gian Merlino, an original creator of Apache Druid and Imply
co-founder and CTO, addressed Druid Summit attendees today and
unveiled Project Shapeshift. The focus of Project Shapeshift is
along three strategic pillars: cloud-native, simple and complete.
Together, the innovations will radically simplify the Druid
experience and extend the architecture to become an end-to-end
solution for powering modern analytics applications.
As development teams increasingly desire databases as cloud
services, Imply is embarking on a mission to build a serverless and
elastic consumption experience for Apache Druid. While Druid
natively is a microservices-based architecture designed for the
cloud, Imply is developing a control plane that removes tuning
parameters, abstracts hardware boundaries for auto-scaling,
integrates natively with other cloud services, and enables
The net result will be a true SaaS service for Apache Druid that
accelerates developer agility.
Simplicity is a core focus for Imply as developers want Druid
performance without complexity or requiring specialized expertise.
Imply is driving an overall improvement to the ease of use across
data ingestion, queries and cluster operations, to deliver the most
developer-friendly database for analytics applications. Today, Imply
is taking a major step forward announcing the intent to extend its
powerful SQL API from querying to ingestion, processing and
This new SQL API will simplify developer cycles, while retaining the
core power of Apache Druid.
Thousands of organizations have turned to Apache Druid as the core
engine for their analytics applications because of the interactive
data experience that Druid uniquely delivers at scale. As the
importance of these applications expands, developers are now being
asked to deliver more functionality and capabilities that extend
beyond interactivity - including reporting for large result sets and
long-running queries and complex conditional alerting across
millions of objects.
will be undertaking a substantial architectural expansion, built on
top of Apache Druid, to enable more flexibility and analytics
capabilities for applications. This includes introducing a new
multi-stage, decoupled query layer seamlessly integrated with the
core Druid database engine that together will deliver an end-to-end
solution for powering modern analytics applications. For developers
and architects, Imply’s new integrated architecture will uniquely
enable them to support all of their analytics requirements for their
applications in one platform.
“We saw the impact that our friends at Confluent had when they
launched their industry-defining Project Metamorphosis,” said Gian
Merlino, an original creator of Apache Druid, and Imply co-founder
and CTO. “Establishing a path forward to massive adoption of a new
data infrastructure lies in a strong commitment to advancing the
underlying open source technology combined with a dedication to
re-engineer the very foundation of that technology to be truly
cloud-native. It’s an outcome that can only be achieved by the
original creators of the open source technology supported by the
organization they lead. This is what Project Shapeshift is all
about, and over the next 12 months there will be product updates for
both Druid and Imply.”