Data-as-a-Service: Announcing our Seventh Group of Startups

written by Clare Ryan on April 4, 2011 in Under The Radar with 6 comments
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Data-as-a-Service: Announcing our Seventh Group of Startups
You know how much you hate waiting in a doctor’s office for what seems like an eternity? You’re stuck staring at your socks for ages before the doctor walks in with your medical records in hand… Imagine you had to wait that long for Google to deliver your search results; or if it took hours for your “Happy Birthday, Larry!” to show up on your friend’s Facebook wall after you posted it.

Scaling databases is a hard problem, in fact, both Google and Facebook have had to build their own solutions to avoid buckling under today’s online and data-thirsty society.  But where does this leave companies of who can’t build their own massive scale solutions because they’re too busy focusing on their core business? Hence today’s database debate: SQL or noSQL? This has left large enterprises such as banks, media companies and even healthcare institutions looking to innovative startups to provide scaling solutions and manage data as the company grows.

If you are one of the many people out there searching for database solutions, we have found five companies that are providing answers to all your database problems in unique and innovative ways.

City: Boston
State: MA
Website: www.akiban.com
Twitter: @akibantech
Akiban Technologies’ data-virtualization platform enables cloud-scale data-management, accessible through relational, object-oriented and key-value interfaces. The technology makes it easy to scale out relational databases in virtualized environments or across commodity hardware, eliminating the need to change architecture or code of existing applications. Akiban deployments require minimal administration and yet deliver strong performance benefits over comparable relational databases.


Year Launched: 2010
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Website: www.clustrix.com
Twitter: @clustrix
Clustrix, Inc. is the technology leader in Clustered Database Systems for Internet-scale applications. The Clustrix CLX 4010 is a highly scalable database solution that addresses the infrastructure scalability challenges facing internet companies, enterprises, and cloud service providers. This new solution brings to database administrators the best of both worlds: the high-performance, high-scalability of NoSQL key value stores and the relational, ACID-compliant and robust functionality of SQL–while providing drop-in interoperability with the MySQL protocol. The cost savings of utilizing the Clustrix solution are also significant – particularly when compared to the time and expense of application sharding.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: 12/15/10, $12 Million


With an improved understanding of ALL types of available data, both unstructured and structured, public and private, comes better understanding of customers, better understanding of business trends, and better predications about how potential  changes in business processes will affect the bottom line. In general, leveraging all available information yields better decision making and better performance in a competitive environment. -Daniel Abadi, Co-Founder, Hadapt
Year Launched: 2010
City: New Haven
State: CT
Website: www.hadapt.com
Twitter: @hadapt
Hadapt transforms Hadoop into the ideal data warehousing analytics platform, allowing customers to store and rapidly analyze structured and unstructured data in one infinitely scalable system.  Using a hybrid database architecture to combine the high performance of relational DBMS’s with the scalability of Hadoop, Hadapt performs SQL queries 50x faster than Hadoop while running on inexpensive commodity hardware or in a cloud environment.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: 12/10 – $1.2M


Year Launched: 2010
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Website: www.nimbusdb.com
Twitter: @nimbusdb
NimbusDB is a SQL database with 100% ACID semantics. Unlike existing SQL databases NimbusDB delivers the key requirements for cloud-style environments, including dynamically adding or deleting nodes from a live system.  NimbusDB can also move live databases between datacenters, allocate unused remote machines to any database, maintain redundant disk-based copies of any database, run databases in hybrid cloud configurations and dynamically allocate databases to arbitrary groups of machines. Operationally NimbusDB delivers SLA guarantees, maximizes performance without manual tuning, and delivers unprecedented performance levels. Using a revolutionary patented database architecture, NimbusDB is the SQL database for 21st century datacenters.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: Oct 29, 2010; $2M


We take a number of fundamental technological innovations – virtualization, different types of storage, and CPU parallelization, and we take advantage of them to build a different kind of product that allows solving common problems in a significantly more effective way. We apply these ideas to databases, but the fundamental architecture could make sense in other types of applications. I believe it would be interesting for enterprises to learn how we do what we do, and to see if they could apply the same principles to their internal processes.
-Slava Akhmechet, Founder, CEO, RethinkDB
Year Launched: In private betas as of (01/2011)
City: Mountain View
State: CA
Website: www.rethinkdb.com
Twitter: @rethinkdb
At RethinkDB, we’re redesigning databases from the ground up to meetmodern data management demands, and to take advantage of the latestadvances in hardware. We’re working to breathe new life into databasetechnology, from the low level intricacies of database internals, tohigh level data access technology.
Date and Amount of Last Funding Round: 04/01/2010, $1.25 mil

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