Today we emerged from stealth mode to launch BlueData’s EPIC software platform. With our software innovations to simplify the complexity of Big Data infrastructure, organizations of all sizes can now tap into the potential of Big Data. It’s a great day for me, my co-founder and good friend Tom Phelan, our investors and, most important of all, the amazing team here at BlueData. We’ve anticipated this day for over two years.
In the summer of 2012, I was on a late night flight from Boston, headed back home to San Francisco. It had been an exhausting week of meetings and I was passing the time reading “Abundance“. The book spoke, in part, about the tremendous amount of data that we collectively generate. The numbers boggled my mind. It occurred to me that no one was innovating around how to make Big Data more consumable and that this innovation was required to make the promise of Big Data a reality. In that moment, the founding idea for BlueData was born.
Fast-forward two years. Today we are launching the industry’s first Big Data software platform that enables enterprises to provide a cloud-like, Hadoop-as-a-Service experience running on their own on-premises infrastructure. They can get clusters up and running in minutes, rather than weeks or months. Data scientists and line of business folks can experiment and test their hypothesis, instead of waiting for their cluster to be ready. That means that companies of all sizes can get the same value out of Big Data as the early pioneers of this technology – like Google, Yahoo and Facebook – with less time and fewer resources. With that flexibility, the possibilities around Big Data become real.
Back in 2012, I was weighing the choice between joining a highly successful public company as CTO or starting a company to address the complexity around Big Data infrastructure. I spoke with my circle of trusted advisors. They cautioned me that in tackling the Big Data infrastructure problem, my team and I would be taking on something that was a real problem, but that the problem may be unsolvable. I spent a few days thinking, talking with family and friends, and then chose the route of innovation.
I partnered with Tom, one of the best engineers that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with and then we worked together to build a rock-solid team that had the experience and skills to take on the challenge. Today, I am happy to say that we have built a solution that takes the complexity out of Big Data infrastructure and makes Big Data accessible to all. Our EPIC platform works with any app, any server and any storage. By democratizing Big Data, enterprises of all sizes can now build agile, secure and cost-effective Big Data deployments that deliver value quickly at a cost savings of up to 75% compared to traditional approaches.
I know that’s a big claim. We are backing it up by offering a free community edition of our software, and I invite you to download the software and try it yourself. Take a look and let me know what you think.
And, if you’re going to be at Strata+Hadoop in New York next month, please stop by our booth and meet the team of which I am so proud and see our software in action. We’re right next to Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR and Intel.