ODBC is an API for interacting with databases from any vendor and in any location. ODBC is widely supported by operating systems (e.g., Windows), database systems (e.g., MariaDB), and commonly-used tools such as Stata. This compatability across environments may come at the expense of performance. Most users will not notice this drawback. However for high-performance needs, please contact RCS at research@hbs.edu to discuss alternatives.

ODBC set up is different on Windows versus on the Grid or Mac.  Please refer to the appropriate sections for detailed instructions: 

Updated 4/12/2019