CWI spin-off MonetDB Solutions teams up with Numascale

CWI spin-off company MonetDB Solutions and the Norwegian appliance company Numascale have joined forces to develop database appliances that enable companies and organizations to perform easier and more affordable big data analytics.

Publication date: 03-02-2015

CWI spin-off company MonetDB Solutions and the Norwegian appliance company Numascale have joined forces to develop database appliances that enable companies and organizations to perform easier and more affordable big data analytics. The NumaQ MonetDB appliances require zero setup effort and easily scale up to help customers make smarter decisions faster. The new appliances are expected to be available in Q2/2015.

To fully exploit the hardware capabilities of NumaQ, the scalable ccNUMA appliance of Numascale, MonetDB Solutions will extend its open-source column-based database management system MonetDB with optimisation techniques. “The NumaQ machine with its abundance of main memory is a perfect match for MonetDB,” says Martin Kersten, co-Founder and CEO of MonetDB Solutions. “MonetDB is designed for high-performance analytical workloads. The system is fine-tuned to exploit the large main memories of modern computer systems effectively and has proven to be highly efficient in data warehouse query processing.”

NumaQ can easily scale to thousands of cores and terabytes of memory for data-intensive. “Our NumaQ team has been working with MonetDB Solutions since last year. We've seen supremely promising performance of MonetDB for analytical workloads,” says Morten Toverud, CEO of Numascale. “We are confident that the collaboration with MonetDB Solutions will enable Numascale introducing alternatives to the in-memory data analytics market, which are highly competitive in both price and performance.”

Since its establishment in 2013, customers of MonetDB Solutions have been using the open-source products of the company, the MonetDB database management system for data warehouses and the MonetDB/R integrations for statistical data analysis. With the NumaQ MonetDB appliances, MonetDB Solutions expects to further broaden its opportunities in the Big Data analytics market.

MonetDB Solutions is the newest addition to the long list of start-up companies of CWI. Earlier CWI spin-offs Data Distilleries and VectorWise were also based on the MonetDB technology. Data Distilleries, founded in 1995 was acquired by SPSS in 2003 and VectorWise, founded in 2008 was acquired by Actian Corporation (formerly Ingres Corporation) in 2011. This tradition of research-based spin-offs is in line with the CWI agenda of converting fundamental research into projects that are beneficial for society.