Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Hadoop-as-a-Service, has been named by Gartner, Inc. as a 2015 Cool Vendor in Big Data*. Gartner is recognizing Altiscale as one of four vendors defined as “cool” that can meaningfully and synergistically combine multiple types of functionality. Altiscale moves the Hadoop model to the cloud so that organizations can focus on analytical insight, instead of Hadoop management and operations.
Altiscale is based out of Palo Alto, California and with development center and office in Chennai, India. Founded in 2012, the Altiscale team has been on the forefront of Apache Hadoop – from its incubation at Yahoo to operating more than 40,000 Hadoop nodes. Its investors include Accel Partners, General Catalyst, Northgate, and Sequoia Capital.
Altiscale delivers Hadoop-as-a-Service in order to allow organizations to avoid inflexible and complicated on-premise deployments, as well as expending the extensive resources required to implement and manage do-it-yourself cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). According to Gartner’s report, “big data technologies are quickly moving to the next phase, one that goes beyond their positioning as isolated to “big data” and are now moving into a role of wider context throughout existing information management infrastructure and inherent data use-cases.”
Altiscale’s cloud services offering—with operations fully managed by Altiscale’s proven Hadoop experts—provides automated management and scaling, as well as infrastructure that is optimized for Hadoop performance. Leveraging Altiscale’s technology and expertise, organizations can get up and running on Hadoop in days, not months, eliminating extensive lead times, high costs, and onerous IT resource requirements.
“We are excited to be designated a Big Data ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner. We view our selection as a recognition of Altiscale’s unique value to customers as a Hadoop cloud service,” said Raymie Stata, co-founder and CEO of Altiscale. “As big data becomes ubiquitous, organizations will increasingly seek Hadoop offerings that are faster, easier to use, and more flexible. By delivering the industry’s only cloud infrastructure that’s purpose-built to run Hadoop, Altiscale not only provides the industry’s best performance, quickest time-to-value, and lowest total cost of ownership, but also frees data scientists and business analysts to focus on their business, not Hadoop operations.”
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*Gartner, Cool Vendors in Big Data, 2015, Mark A. Beyer, Regina Casonato, Lakshmi Randall, Arun Chandrasekaran, Terilyn Palanca, Douglas Laney, 21 April 2015.