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Databricks Announces Lakehouse Apps, Expands Lakehouse Marketplace with AI Models


Databricks, the data and artificial intelligence (AI) company, has introduced Lakehouse Apps. It is a new way for developers to build native, secure applications for Databricks. Lakehouse Apps will enable over 10,000 Databricks customers to easily access a wide range of powerful applications that run entirely inside their Lakehouse instance, using their data with the full security and governance capabilities of Databricks.

The company also introduced new data-sharing providers and AI model-sharing capabilities to the Databricks Marketplace. It is the only marketplace for data, AI and applications and is set to be widely available at the Data + AI Summit.

Lakehouse Apps Simplifies Access to Data and AI

Data and AI applications are among the fastest-growing software categories, and the growth in generative AI and large language models (LLMs) has accelerated that trend.  For customers, Lakehouse Apps will be the most secure way to run applications that unlock the full value of data in their Lakehouse, leverage Databricks-native services, and extend Databricks with new capabilities. Lakehouse Apps will give users safe and easy access to a wide range of innovative new applications and reduce the time and effort to adopt, integrate and manage data and AI applications.

Lakehouse Apps Offer Security Without Compromise for Developers

To get the next generation of innovative applications in the hands of users, software vendors must clear significant hurdles to securely access customer data, integrate with customers’ security and governance solutions and efficiently run close to customer data. To secure enterprise adoption, many developers have taken one of two approaches:

  1. Restrict the capabilities of their application and rebuild vital parts of their application in SQL or proprietary code from data platform vendors.
  2. Build versions of their products that customers have to install and operate themselves, which are fragile and hard to scale.

Lakehouse Apps helps developers overcome this dilemma with a native, secure, no-compromise solution. By running directly on a customer’s Databricks instance, these apps can easily and securely integrate with the customer’s data, use and extend Databricks services and enable users to interact with a single sign-on experience—all without data ever leaving the customer’s instance. Lakehouse Apps inherit the same security, privacy and compliance controls as Databricks. Developers can use any technology and language of their choice to build apps and aren’t limited to a proprietary framework.
Developers also benefit from easier distribution by listing their Lakehouse Apps in the Databricks Marketplace, enabling customers to quickly discover and deploy their software.

Collaborating with Partners

Early development partners for Lakehouse Apps include Retool, Posit,, and Lamini:

  • Retool enables customers to quickly build and deploy internal apps, powered by their data. Developers can assemble UIs with drag-and-drop building blocks like tables and forms and write queries to interact with data using SQL and JavaScript.
  • Posit is an open-source data science company that empowers data professionals with cutting-edge tools for code-first data science.
  • is an AI-powered platform tackling predictive problems in business. Its platform works directly on relational data by using graph neural networks, a class of AI system for processing data that can be represented as a series of graphs.
  • Lamini is an LLM platform for every developer to build customised, private models: easier, faster, and better-performing than any general-purpose LLM.

New AI Model-Sharing Capabilities and Data Providers

Databricks will also offer AI model sharing in the Databricks Marketplace, enabling data consumers and providers to discover and monetise AI models and integrate AI into all their data solutions. With AI model sharing, Databricks customers will have access to best-in-class models, which can be quickly and securely applied on top of their data. Databricks itself will curate and publish open source models across common use cases, such as instruction-following and text summarisation, and optimise tuning or deploying of these models on Databricks.
Databricks Marketplace also welcomes new data providers, including the following:

  • Financial services leaders such as S&P Global, Experian, London Stock Exchange Group, Nasdaq, Corelogic and YipitData
  • Healthcare innovators like Datavant and IQVIA
  • Geospatial leaders like Divirod, Accuweather and Safegraph
  • Data collaboration companies such as LiveRamp
  • Business information services companies like LexisNexis and ZoomInfo

“With Lakehouse Apps, software providers can offer their rich, secure apps within the lakehouse, which is exciting both for Databricks customers and for software vendors, greatly reducing the friction for applications to reach new customers,” said Matei Zaharia, Co-Founder of and CTO at Databricks. “In addition, the expansion of Databricks Marketplace to cover AI models as well as apps satisfies a critical need in today’s business world, as collaboration between enterprises is evolving beyond the mere exchange of datasets to secure computations and AI modelling on joint data.”

New Partners to Accelerate Data Sharing

Databricks also announced new Delta Sharing partnerships with Cloudflare, Dell, Oracle and Twilio, expanding its data-sharing ecosystem. Delta Sharing provides an open solution to securely share live data from your lakehouse to any computing platform.


Databricks Marketplace will generally be available on 28 June 2023, coming out of a public preview. Lakehouse Apps and AI model sharing in Databricks Marketplace are expected in preview in the coming year.

To learn more about Databricks’ latest announcements, register to attend the Data + AI Summit virtually.