In-memory data analytics in the Full Metal Cloud: EXASOL and Bigstep partner to take super-fast, flexible data analytics to the next level

09 Mar 2015 | Share

From today, businesses can roll out data analytics with the ultimate flexibility of the cloud and the high performance of bare metal

LONDON, 9 March 2015 — From today onwards, companies wanting to dive into data analytics can do so without the headache of investing in and managing the IT infrastructure usually needed for fast, actionable insights. To date, the cloud was not an option for running a high performing SQL analytic database as lack of computing power, ‘noisy neighbours’ on your server and the anonymity of where your data was held made the environment unstable. Now, the barriers are gone and the days of high costs and inflexibility are over as the world’s fastest SQL in-memory analytic database from EXASOL is now available in Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, engineered specifically to crunch big data.

Data analytics is here at a price that fits in with an organisation’s budgets and without the long-term lock-in from CAPEX investment in infrastructure. Now organisations of all sizes can benefit from the flexible, cost-effective and speedy data analytics – whether in the office, or on the move – borne out of this best-of-breed partnership, funding it through OPEX budgets instead. This provides them with a production-ready, highly secure and scalable way to analyse data at breakneck speeds, and ultimately a way to turn valuable insights into profits. The usual worries associated with data analytic cloud deployments are eliminated as this partnership offers superior performance on a server unique to each user, in a data centre in the UK bringing unparalleled levels of security.

This partnership will benefit a wide audience including organisations who are in a period of high-growth, larger companies who are rolling out new innovation projects, and those needing the flexibility to scale their analytics up and down at certain times of the year, such as retailers on Cyber Monday or broadcast media during a major sporting event. The ability to scale up and down allows budgets to be worked efficiently in a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ model, with no wasted spend on infrastructure left dormant.

Jaco Els, Managing Director and co-founder of predictive analytics company Cubitic, commented: “EXASolution is at the core of our analytical learning platform at Cubitic. Our deployment on Bigstep has enabled us to launch the business without investing significant amounts in CAPEX or software licenses. EXASOL and Bigstep have proven to be an ideal partnership, offering the flexibility to develop a world class analytic capability and scale to meet our customer requirements.”

The partnership involves joint technical investment and development and the collaboration has resulted in a stable, scalable and exceptionally high-performing production-ready database on full metal cloud. From today, businesses are now able to take advantage of test-drives and proof-of-concepts in an agile and flexible way.

Guy Lipscombe, EXASOL’s UK MD, says: “Both Bigstep and EXASOL are dedicated to innovation and are focussed on pushing boundaries to provide the best technologies available. Our business culture and products are highly complementary and provide our customers with a best-of-breed offering that gives the flexibility of scaling both software and hardware requirements to meet growth with a pay-as-you-grow model. Both companies have a mature and focussed premium offering, which means that all the benefits of both teams’ R&D and innovation are realised as one package. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bigstep and look forward to working together to make a real difference to the way businesses use their data to make more informed and agile business decisions.”

Ioana Hreninciuc, commercial director, Bigstep said: “Our partnership with EXASOL enables us to add a high performance, next generation SQL capability to our stable. This allows us to compete and outperform many of the more dominant players in the market and provides a more flexible solution to meet the increasingly complex data analytics needs of businesses. This partnership means companies can acquire the fastest analytic database in the world without the need to spend time and money on expensive hardware. The Full Metal Cloud also provides the highest standards of stability and security required to run optimum data analytics programmes effectively. This is a real game-changer.”


EXASOL is passionate about helping companies to run their businesses smarter and drive profit by analysing data and information at unprecedented speeds. The company develops the world’s fastest database for analytics and data warehousing, EXASOL, and offers first-class know-how and expertise in data insight and analytics. The in-memory analytic database is the first database to combine in-memory, columnar compression and massively parallel processing, and is proven to be the world’s FASTEST, topping the list in the TPC-H Benchmark tests for performance. Companies that depend on EXASolution to analyse their data in real-time include Adidas Group, GfK, IMS Health, King, Olympus, myThings, Sony Music and Xing. Follow EXASOL on Twitter at @EXASOLAG.

About Bigstep

Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud provides all the power and privacy of bare metal with the flexibility of the cloud, making it the highest performance public cloud in the world. Hadoop, NoSQL DBs, MPP SQL DBs, search and analytics engines reach up to 500% better performance running on Full Metal compared to virtualised public clouds.Bigstep was founded in 2013 in London, by Lucas Roh, founder of Hostway Corp. and Chairman of Affinity . The company has offices in 2 countries and operates 4 DCs across Europe.

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