Combination of Alation’s Accessibility Platform and Altiscale’s High-Performance Hadoop Cloud Ensure Rapid, Collaborative Analytics

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and PALO ALTO, Calif. – June 9, 2015 – Alation, Inc. the data catalog company, and Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Hadoop-as-a-Service, today announced a strategic partnership that combines the companies’ offerings to help businesses generate faster insights from large volumes of data.

Mutual customers of Alation and Altiscale – including MarketShare, and PlayFirst – use the companies’ solutions for collaborative data analytics to drive fast insights without the overhead of managing software and infrastructure. Based on the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, the popular open-source software framework for distributed storage and processing of large data sets, the Altiscale Data Cloud helps customers to be up and running with Hadoop quickly and affordably, with high operational reliability over time. Alation’s data accessibility platform enables data analysts and business users to discover and share insights, exchange ideas, and understand siloed data across an enterprise

Together, Alation and Altiscale’s technologies address an increasing problem for organizations today: despite massive investments in data management platforms – such as on-premises Hadoop, business intelligence, and analytics tools – enterprises still face enormous cost and complexity challenges as they try to manage and gain insight from the data. Together, Altiscale and Alation provide a low-cost, high-performance data analytics stack that can be rapidly implemented, delivering insights in days, rather than months or years. Moreover, the combined stack provides stability, security, and accessibility that’s almost impossible to match by traditional on-premises solutions.

With Alation, Altiscale customers will have a scalable and secure solution to query, govern, and manage the data in their Hadoop deployments, with the ability to expand their usage of Alation to traditional, on-premises relational and transactional data stores. Users see the same interface to query across all data sources, enabling them to rapidly maximize the benefits of Hadoop.

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Altiscale offers a Hadoop experience that is fast and hassle free. Part of that ease-of-use is due to our partnership with Alation. Already in use by many Altiscale customers, Alation has quickly become a necessary part of the day-to-day work of data scientists and business analysts. Hadoop is becoming an important data repository and processing engine for mission-critical business information, and we look forward to working with Alation to help customers realize its full potential.

–Raymie Stata, CEO, Altiscale

The partnership between Alation and Altiscale is an ideal combination of industry-leading technologies to help organizations derive value from Hadoop. Hadoop presents a massive opportunity, but basic challenges related to operating Hadoop, making it easy to use for Analysts, and addressing Governance requirements remain difficult to address. Together, Alation and Altiscale elegantly address these challenges, allowing customers to get straight to their ultimate objective of monetizing their data.

–Satyen Sangani, co-founder and CEO, Alation

About Altiscale

The Altiscale Data Cloud was created to provide organizations access to the only infrastructure “purpose-built” for Hadoop, as well as the operational expertise needed to execute complex Hadoop projects. By monitoring both the infrastructure and jobs, Altiscale provides unparalleled levels of service for its customers. 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. As a company that understands the transformative power of this technology and its challenges, no other organization is better positioned to deliver reliable and scalable Apache Hadoop. Investors include Accel Partners, General Catalyst, Northgate, and Sequoia Capital. For more information, please visit altiscale.com or follow us on Twitter @Altiscale.

About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market and today is leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. Nearly 200 enterprises drive data culture,  improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, and US Foods. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is backed by leading venture capitalists including Costanoa, Data Collective, Icon, Sapphire, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit alation.com.