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BlueData Delivers Databricks-Certified Spark Distribution with Industry-Leading Platform for Private Clouds

Mountain View and Berkeley, Calif.BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data private clouds, today announced that the company’s platform has been designated a “Certified Spark Distribution” by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark – the popular open-source processing engine. BlueData is packaging Spark with its EPIC™ platform, the industry’s first Big Data enterprise-grade private-cloud deployment platform. The certification means that BlueData customers have access to the large and growing ecosystem of certified Spark applications.

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“Because Spark offers tremendous flexibility and performance for Big Data developers, one of our primary focus areas is to simplify the adoption process as much as possible,” said Ion Stoica, CEO of Databricks. “BlueData helps deliver on this vision by providing a streamlined self-service experience for enterprise private clouds. We’re thrilled that BlueData has not only made Spark a core part of its offering, but has also chosen to certify its distribution as a testament to the importance of the Spark ecosystem.”

The integration of Apache Spark with the EPIC platform allows customers to create elastic, multi-tenant Spark clusters in minutes. With BlueData, developers can create standalone Apache Spark clusters independent of a Hadoop distribution and to leverage capabilities such as Spark SQL. In addition, BlueData DataTap™ technology allows Spark developers to run jobs directly against enterprise-class storage systems and eliminate costly, risky and time-consuming data movement. Companies that deploy Big Data applications such as real-time stream processing or faster, real-time decision-making algorithms will benefit from the ease-of-use and sophisticated analytics of the Spark platform. The EPIC private cloud platform offers enterprise developers a faster, simpler solution for creating Spark applications than was previously possible.

“Spark offers the potential to revolutionize Big Data processing and advanced analytics. BlueData committed early on to run Spark natively and support the full breadth of capabilities,” said Kumar Sreekanti, co-founder and CEO of BlueData. “BlueData EPIC now provides a turnkey, enterprise-grade Spark platform for enterprises of all sizes. For the first time, you can have infrastructure move at the same speed as your Spark applications.

The pre-configured Apache Spark 1.0 distribution is packaged with EPIC Enterprise, and also with EPIC One, the one-node community edition of the EPIC platform available for immediate download from BlueData at no cost at www.bluedata.com/product

About BlueData
BlueData is the pioneer in Big Data private cloud. The company is democratizing Big Data by streamlining and simplifying Big Data infrastructure and eliminating complexity as a barrier to adoption. With its EPIC software platform, enterprises can now build agile, secure and cost-effective Big Data deployments that deliver value in days instead of months and at a cost savings of 50%-75% compared to traditional approaches. With BlueData, enterprises of all sizes can create a public cloud-like experience from their on-premise environments and get the same value out of their Big Data as companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo at a fraction of the cost and with far fewer resources. Based in Mountain View, CA, BlueData is founded by a highly experienced team from VMware, Akamai, Intel and SGI and backed by industry luminaries from Silicon Valley. For more information, contact info@bluedata.com.

About Databricks
Databricks was founded by the team that created and continues to drive Apache Spark, the most active open source project in the Big Data ecosystem. Databricks’ vision is to dramatically simplify big data processing and free users to focus on turning data into value. Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around Apache Spark, delivers on this vision by combining the power of Spark with a zero-management hosted platform and an initial set of applications built around common workflows. Databricks is venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz and NEA. For more information, visit www.databricks.com

BlueData Press Contact
Jordan Tewell
10Fold
415.800.5379
bluedata@10Fold.com

Databricks Press Contact
Suzanne Block
Merritt Group
block@merrittgrp.com
415.247.1666 or 617.824.0982 cell