Open sourcing Unity Catalog, creating the {industry}’s solely common catalog for knowledge and AI


We’re excited to announce that we’re open sourcing Unity Catalog, the {industry}’s first open supply catalog for knowledge and AI governance throughout clouds, knowledge codecs, and knowledge platforms. Listed here are crucial pillars of the Unity Catalog imaginative and prescient:

  • Open supply API and implementation: It’s constructed on OpenAPI spec and an open supply server implementation below Apache 2.0 license. It is usually suitable with Apache Hive’s metastore API and Apache Iceberg’s REST catalog API.
  • Multi-format assist: It’s extensible and helps Delta Lake, Apache Iceberg through UniForm, Apache Parquet, CSV, and all of the codecs on the market.
  • Multi-engine assist: With its open APIs, knowledge cataloged in Unity may be learn by nearly all compute engines.
  • Multimodal: It helps all of your knowledge and AI property, together with tables, information, capabilities, AI fashions.
  • Vibrant ecosystem: This can be a group effort and we’re extraordinarily excited to be supported by Amazon Internet Companies, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Nvidia, Salesforce, DuckDB, LangChain, dbt Labs, Fivetran, Confluent, Unstructured, Onehouse, Immuta, Informatica and lots of extra.

The undertaking is out there on GitHub at this time as step one in our journey in direction of bringing the Unity imaginative and prescient into open supply. Unity Catalog is hosted at LF AI & Information, an umbrella basis of the Linux Basis that helps open supply innovation in synthetic intelligence (AI) and knowledge, the place we’re excited to work with the open supply communities within the a few years to come back to comprehend this imaginative and prescient.

Why open supply?

With the widespread adoption of Unity Catalog, you would possibly marvel why we’re open sourcing it and why now. It’s as a result of we have persistently heard from organizations that they want an open basis for his or her knowledge and AI purposes, not only for at this time, however for the improvements of the approaching many years.

Sadly, most knowledge platforms at this time are walled gardens. Many cloud knowledge warehouses use “native tables” that aren’t in open codecs. Different platforms require prospects to pay for always-on compute even when studying knowledge from exterior engines. And, many platforms limit which knowledge codecs and purchasers they assist.

This leads to siloed knowledge and fragmented governance throughout property. And and not using a multimodal interface throughout tabular knowledge, not to mention AI property, organizations have to sew a number of disjoint options collectively. Databricks already took a powerful stance within the {industry} by being the one main platform the place all tables are in open codecs by default, and by opening up Delta tables to Iceberg purchasers with UniForm final 12 months. By open-sourcing Unity Catalog, we’re giving organizations an open basis for his or her present and future workloads.

Why a multimodal knowledge and AI catalog?

On this period of speedy AI advances, each enterprise has realized that it might want to govern knowledge and AI property collectively – whether or not it’s managing unstructured knowledge for compound AI methods, or constructing a catalog of instruments for agentic LLM purposes. At Databricks, we noticed this want for built-in knowledge and AI infrastructure early on, and launched Unity Catalog three years in the past to deliver these two worlds collectively right into a constant governance mannequin. As we speak, we’re seeing 1000’s of shoppers benefit from unified governance, together with:

  • A single namespace for organizing and sharing tables, unstructured knowledge, and AI property
  • Centralized audit logs of all knowledge and AI actions
  • Unified lineage throughout knowledge and AI workloads
  • Cross-organization collaboration through the open supply Delta Sharing protocol.

Our newest launches in AI, such because the idea of Instrument Catalogs for generative AI brokers, are additionally designed to suit into this unified governance mannequin.

Unity Catalog 0.1 Launch

As we speak, we’re releasing model 0.1 of open supply Unity Catalog. Whereas a few of our APIs and options will nonetheless be evolving, this launch showcases a number of essential capabilities of Unity Catalog:

  • Tables, Volumes (unstructured knowledge), and AI Instruments/Capabilities may be managed collectively.
  • Tables may be in a number of codecs, together with Delta Lake, Iceberg through UniForm, Parquet, CSV, and JSON.
  • Unity Catalog implements the Iceberg REST Catalog API for entry from the Iceberg engine ecosystem, leveraging experience from Tabular.
  • The API helps credential merchandising to gate purchasers’ entry to the underlying cloud storage for tables and volumes, centralizing governance within the catalog server.

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What this implies for Databricks prospects

In case you are already a Databricks buyer, there may be nothing it’s essential to do in another way. Clients’ current Unity Catalog deployments implement the identical open APIs – enabling exterior purchasers to learn from all tables (together with managed and exterior tables), volumes, and capabilities in hosted Unity Catalog from Day 1, along with your current entry controls in place. This modification merely means a bigger ecosystem of purchasers will work along with your current catalog.

Unity REST APIs allow our companions and the open supply group to construct highly effective integrations that may allow prospects to work on their tables, unstructured knowledge, and AI instruments/capabilities from numerous purposes, with no exterior entry charges.

“AT&T is dedicated to creating our knowledge interoperable with our platforms. With the announcement of Unity Catalog’s open sourcing, we’re inspired by Databricks’ step to make lakehouse governance and metadata administration potential by means of open requirements. The flexibleness to make the most of interoperable instruments with our knowledge and AI property, with constant governance is core to the AT&T knowledge platform technique.”

— Matt Dugan, Vice President Information Platforms, AT&T


“Nasdaq is proud to leverage Databricks’ Unity Catalog as a part of our holistic knowledge administration technique. Databricks’ determination to open supply Unity Catalog supplies an answer that helps remove knowledge silos and we sit up for additional scaling our platform, enhancing our governance, and modernizing our knowledge purposes as we proceed to ship for our purchasers.”

— Lenny Rosenfeld, Vice President, Capital Entry Platforms, Nasdaq


“At Rivian, the adoption of the Databricks Platform has given us the flexibility to make use of knowledge and AI in constructing our next-gen EAVs. We’re enthusiastic about Databricks open sourcing Unity Catalog and releasing Open APIs to deliver interoperability throughout our knowledge panorama with none considerations of vendor lock-in. Mixed with assist for all our knowledge property —structured and unstructured knowledge, ML fashions, and Gen AI instruments — it was a simple determination to standardize on Unity Catalog.”

— Jason Shiverick, Director of AI Platforms, Rivian


Open Supply Ecosystem

We’re excited to associate with main cloud suppliers, knowledge and AI platforms, and compute engines to advance the Unity Catalog normal within the coming months. They embrace main software program distributors and open supply initiatives in AI, knowledge analytics, unstructured knowledge, and governance, who will be capable to simply connect with Unity Catalog open supply servers and to Databricks.

Unity Catalog - Open and Interoperable


“AWS welcomes Databricks’ transfer to open supply Unity Catalog. AWS is dedicated to working with the {industry} on open supply options that allow alternative and interoperability for patrons.”

— Chris Grusz, Managing Director of Expertise Partnerships, AWS


“Microsoft is dedicated to the open-source group and empowering prospects with alternative. Databricks has been a strategic associate for years and it is nice to see them open-sourcing Unity Catalog. We imagine really open requirements with broad {industry} participation are in prospects’ finest pursuits. Our collaboration with Databricks continues to raise Microsoft Azure as your best option for knowledge and AI workloads.”

— Jessica Hawk, CVP Information, AI and Digital Functions, Microsoft  


“Google is dedicated to open, versatile options that empower prospects to maximise the worth of their knowledge. Databricks’ technique to open up the Unity Catalog normal for knowledge and AI aligns very effectively with our technique.”

— Ritika Suri, Director, Information and AI Expertise Partnerships, Google Cloud

Roadmap forward

That is simply the start line for the Unity Catalog open supply undertaking. Unity Catalog serves 1000’s of shoppers in manufacturing and is the product of years of engineering, so we’re porting this performance to the open supply undertaking in phases, prioritizing entry and consumer interoperability to begin.

Within the coming months, we are going to add enhanced assist for the APIs which are essential to your knowledge and AI workloads, together with:

  • Format-agnostic desk write APIs
  • Views
  • Delta Sharing
  • Fashions (with MLflow integration)
  • Distant capabilities
  • Entry Management APIs
  • And extra

Get began at this time

You may be a part of the Unity Catalog open supply group at For Databricks prospects, keep tuned for the quickly advancing ecosystem of information and AI instruments integrating with Unity Catalog.

“Salesforce Information Cloud is constructed from the bottom up on Open Requirements with Apache Parquet and Apache Iceberg. Our zero copy improvements allow prospects to unlock knowledge, derive insights and orchestrate actions throughout the Buyer 360. Databricks’ embrace of Apache Iceberg through UniForm and Unity Catalog addresses key interoperability challenges between Delta Lake and Iceberg. We’re excited to have Databricks as a member of our Zero Copy Companion Community and sit up for joint improvements with the brand new open Unity Catalog, delivering compelling buyer worth in structured knowledge, unstructured knowledge and AI fashions.”

— Ravi Loganathan, Government Vice President of Software program Engineering, Salesforce  


“Enterprise knowledge is crucial to growing correct generative AI purposes. NVIDIA works intently with our associate ecosystem to assist open-source choices like Unity Catalog, which will help prospects curate environment friendly and highly effective growth pipelines.”

— Pat Lee, VP of Strategic Enterprise Partnerships, NVIDIA


“Delta Kernel has significantly simplified constructing the DuckDB Delta Extension, enabling easy accessibility to Delta Lake from DuckDB. We’re thrilled to associate with Databricks on Delta Kernel and the Unity Catalog open normal for knowledge and AI. This collaboration represents a big step ahead in open supply innovation and the event of open knowledge lakehouses.”

— Hannes Mühleisen, CEO, DuckDB Labs


“Databricks’s determination to open supply Unity Catalog is an thrilling growth for the info and AI group. We’re excited to associate with Databricks to combine Unity Catalog with LangChain, which permits our shared customers to construct superior brokers utilizing Unity Catalog capabilities as instruments.”

— Harrison Chase, CEO & Founder, LangChain


“Unstructured is the main unstructured knowledge ETL answer for LLMs – serving to organizations rework their knowledge from uncooked to RAG-ready. Our integration with Unity Catalog makes excellent sense, as we break down knowledge silos and speed up AI/ML growth in enterprises. We’re excited to associate with Databricks to develop this open normal for AI use instances and to standardize metadata for unstructured knowledge – serving to our prospects function on the slicing fringe of AI.”

— Brian Raymond, CEO & Founder, UnstructuredIO


“At Eventual, we’ve constructed Daft, the main open supply distributed question engine for multimodal knowledge. We imagine that unifying compute for tabular and unstructured knowledge will not be sufficient and {that a} multimodal catalog is essential to construct GenAI knowledge lakehouses. We’re excited to associate with Databricks and different AI innovators to develop the Unity Catalog open normal for contemporary knowledge+AI workloads.”

— Sammy Sidhu, CEO & Founder, Eventual Computing


“At Granica, we champion knowledge democratization and freedom from vendor lock-in. Our Protected Room expertise ensures privateness, belief, and security in generative AI workflows whereas supporting open requirements like Unity Catalog, Delta Lake, and Apache Iceberg. Unity Catalog’s vendor-neutral structure and strong governance options align with our imaginative and prescient of offering prospects with flexibility and management over their knowledge. We’re excited to contribute to this open ecosystem, driving innovation and enabling prospects to seamlessly work with their knowledge throughout best-of-breed platforms.”

— Rahul Ponnala, CEO & Co-Founder, Granica


“Open sourcing Unity Catalog is a pivotal step in direction of a extra collaborative and progressive knowledge ecosystem. By making this expertise accessible, Databricks is fostering an surroundings the place your entire group can contribute to and profit from enhanced knowledge governance and administration capabilities. This transfer aligns with our imaginative and prescient at Onehouse and Apache XTable (Incubating) to assist open format interoperability that drives progress and innovation for all.”

— Vinoth Chandar, CEO & Co-Founder, Onehouse


“Confluent’s mission is to set knowledge in movement and allow organizations to benefit from their knowledge all over the place. We’re excited to see Databricks make a big contribution to an open knowledge ecosystem with Unity Catalog turning into open sourced. Tableflow on Confluent Cloud will allow straightforward supply of real-time knowledge to locations like an information lake by turning knowledge streams into Iceberg tables with a single click on. By combining our industry-leading streaming capabilities with Databricks’ strong knowledge administration options, prospects will be capable to put their knowledge to work extra successfully than ever.”

— Shaun Clowes, CPO, Confluent


“Collectively, Databricks and dbt Cloud assist customers break down knowledge silos to collaborate successfully, simplify ETL to decrease TCO with Delta Lake, and unify governance with Unity Catalog. We’re thrilled to announce our assist for Unity Catalog and the open APIs. This partnership underscores our dedication to offering a unified knowledge expertise, empowering our group to attain larger insights and drive innovation.”

— Mark Porter, CTO dbt Labs


“We’re thrilled to see Databricks open supply Unity Catalog as an open normal for knowledge and AI. This transfer will present our prospects with larger alternative and adaptability of their knowledge ecosystem, guaranteeing seamless integration and maximizing interoperability with Fivetran’s platform as they ingest essential knowledge to Databricks.”

— Anjan Kundavaram, CPO, Fivetran


“The publicity of native entry patterns inside Unity Catalog has remodeled how our enterprise is ready to streamline entry to knowledge and apply governance guidelines at scale – with no efficiency influence.  Databricks continued funding in a group to speed up providers to make knowledge controls simpler to construct permits our prospects to manipulate with larger ease and handle the huge quantity of latest knowledge customers being onboarded within the age of AI.”

— Matthew Carroll, CEO, Immuta


“We’re excited to see the chance for our joint prospects as Databricks open-sources Unity Catalog as an open normal for knowledge and AI. With Unity Catalog and the Informatica clever Information Administration Cloud, prospects can acquire larger alternative, flexibility and interoperability of their knowledge ecosystems.”

— Brett Roscoe, GM and SVP Cloud Information Governance and Cloud Operations, Informatica