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1/30/2014
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16 Top Big Data Analytics Platforms

Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices, from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players.
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Actian builds big-data portfolio 
 
Analytical DBMS: Actian Matrix (formerly ParAccel), Actian Vector (formerly Vectorwise). 
In-memory DBMS: Actian Matrix In-Memory Option (data stored to both memory and disk). 
Hadoop distribution: None.  
Stream-processing technology: None. 
Hardware/software systems: None (software-only vendor).
Ingres Corp. took the name Actian in 2011, and the company has been fleshing out a big-data portfolio ever since. Building on the 10,000+ customer base of Ingres, the open-source transactional database, the company expanded with Vectorwise, a fast analytical database management system (DBMS) now called Actian Vector. It also acquired Versant, the vendor behind the eponymous object database; and Pervasive, maker of DataRush analytics-on-Hadoop and data-integration software now called Actian DataFlow. The April 2013 acquisition of ParAccel marked an even bigger push into big-data analytics with a massively parallel processing DBMS now called Actian Matrix.
The company is counting on the combination of fast, analytical DBMS options, cloud services, and data-integration and -analytics software geared to a world in which Hadoop is a prominent fixture of the data-management architecture. Actian DataFlow includes SQL-, ETL-, and data-cleansing-on Hadoop options that work with distributions from Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and others. With $140 million in revenue and much more to its story than a DBMS, Actian is a bantam-weight player in the big-data market.

Actian builds big-data portfolio

Analytical DBMS: Actian Matrix (formerly ParAccel), Actian Vector (formerly Vectorwise).
In-memory DBMS: Actian Matrix In-Memory Option (data stored to both memory and disk).
Hadoop distribution: None.
Stream-processing technology: None.
Hardware/software systems: None (software-only vendor).

Ingres Corp. took the name Actian in 2011, and the company has been fleshing out a big-data portfolio ever since. Building on the 10,000+ customer base of Ingres, the open-source transactional database, the company expanded with Vectorwise, a fast analytical database management system (DBMS) now called Actian Vector. It also acquired Versant, the vendor behind the eponymous object database; and Pervasive, maker of DataRush analytics-on-Hadoop and data-integration software now called Actian DataFlow. The April 2013 acquisition of ParAccel marked an even bigger push into big-data analytics with a massively parallel processing DBMS now called Actian Matrix.

The company is counting on the combination of fast, analytical DBMS options, cloud services, and data-integration and -analytics software geared to a world in which Hadoop is a prominent fixture of the data-management architecture. Actian DataFlow includes SQL-, ETL-, and data-cleansing-on Hadoop options that work with distributions from Apache, Cloudera, Hortonworks, and others. With $140 million in revenue and much more to its story than a DBMS, Actian is a bantam-weight player in the big-data market.

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EB Quinn
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1/31/2014 | 8:00:42 AM
Only 16?
There are many more of these "top" solutions, and some of these on the "top" list make no sense whatsoever.  What is the criteria?  Does it have to include Hadoop?  MPP?  Advertiser?  Market share?  Some of the vendors you have included have very little market share, like Pivotal and Microsoft (unless you are incuding Excel).  Where is SAS?  Palantir?  Qlik?  Platfora?  They may not have Hadoop distributions, but they can work with Hadoop just fine (and Platfora is natively based on Hadoop).  Agree with the comment that HPCC should be on this list, way higher than a bunch of the others in terms of proven high end analytics with actual customers.  What is a "platform?"  Cringing.

 

 

 
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1/30/2014 | 3:03:02 PM
Big Data Solution
Doug, one other open source technology to mention at the top of the decision tree one should consider is HPCC Systems from LexisNexis, a data-intensive supercomputing platform for processing and solving big data analytical problems. Their open source Machine Learning Library and Matrix processing algorithms assist data scientists and developers with business intelligence and predictive analytics. Its integration with Hadoop, R and Pentaho extends further capabilities providing a complete solution for data ingestion, processing and delivery. In fact, both libhdfs and webhdfs implementations are available. More at http://hpccsystems.com/h2h 

 
 
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1/30/2014 | 2:41:29 PM
Revolutionary times, now and then
Doug, you're right, this is a revolutionary time in data management. The last time was when relational database first appeared. I remember sitting through meeting after meeting with then-major vendors, Software AG of North America in Reston, Va.,(Adabas) and John Cullinane, CEO at Cullinane Software (IDMS). They were furious that their partner, IBM, was coming into "their" data management market. "There's no need for IBM to do that." Well, IBM had invented ad hoc data handling and SQL queries. "Their" systems didn't do that. It was a quick lesson in how vendors get flanked. NoSQL systems don't have the same elegance of relational's deisgn, but they're too useful with unstructured data to get swept back under the rug.
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1/30/2014 | 1:09:00 PM
Re: ParStream - real-time database for big data analytics
Hi Doug,

I appreciate your interest in ParStream and will make sure to get in contact to provide insights into our product and customer base.

Unfortunately, some of our customers are "shy" and do not want to be named publicly. This unfortunately includes the US customers.

Looking forward to get in touch.



Mike
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1/30/2014 | 1:03:16 PM
Important Big Data Context
Doug has supplied important context for those people choosing between big data analysis vendors. Please tell us if there are aspects you would like more/less detail on when we do the next roundup. Readers, are you surprised by how much support Hadoop has won from the bigs in the last 24 months?
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1/30/2014 | 12:53:55 PM
Re: ParStream - real-time database for big data analytics
Thanks for your note. I don't hear much about ParStream, and your list of customers isn't studded with well-know companies. I excluded Exasol for much the same reason -- a number of customers in Germany, but not a presence in North America where we get the vast majority of our readership. Your technology is of interest, however, so feel free to contact me, particularly with customer case example.
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1/30/2014 | 12:09:03 PM
ParStream - real-time database for big data analytics
Hi Doug,

I very much appreciate your update on the big data analytics vendor market. 

I am curious to find out why you did not include ParStream in your list of big data analytics players. Agreed that the majority of our customers is still in Europe but through our strong presence in Cupertino and Boston we have won numerous customers in the US.

Our focus is on Fast Data - continuous data import at very high bandwidth combined with sub-second response times on billions of data records. 

Through partnerships with leading front-end and ETL tool providers AND Hadoop we offer a super-fast analytics solution that outperforms all product on your list.

I am happy to share with you performance benchmarks and introduce you to our reference customers.

Best
Mike
CEO ParStream
D. Henschen
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1/30/2014 | 11:52:39 AM
It's time for this update
It has been little more than two years since we published our 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players collection, but so much has changed and so many new players have emerged that we needed this update. Over the last 26 months, all the big data-management vendors -- IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Teradata -- have really embraced Hadoop. And whether they're adding SQL-on-Hadoop options -- a la Actian, InfiniDB/Calpont, and Pivotal -- or exploiting unprecidented levels of RAM -- as with Kognitio and SAP -- database management system suppliers are changing the scope and speed of their analysis capabilities.

The biggest change, though, is that practitioners are considering the data that they have on hand, the data that they're currenlty throwing away, and the data that they could collect with sensors or smart phones. They're considering all-new applications and, in some cases, entirely new business models. Innovaters may not want to delay or get their hands too dirty with all this technology, however, so we're seeing cloud options from 1010data, Amazon Web Services and others gathering steam.

We may have reached the end of the beginning of the big data era. But it's time to move beyond the speculative hype and get down to the business of on creating breakthrough applications that deliver value. Let 2014 be the year we shift from focusing on what could be to what is actually happening in the world of big data analysis.  
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