December 03, 2015
Altiscale's Big Data as a Service Frees Customers to Focus on Analytics
By Laura Stotler
TMCnet Contributing Editor
The secure storage, management and analysis of big data can be a daunting task for any organization. But getting a qualified service provider to do the heavy lifting can free up companies to focus on important analytical tasks that will directly impact their core business initiatives. Altiscale performs that heavy lifting, offering customers “big data as a service” through a fully managed, cloud-based solution.
“Big data as a service really is operating big data in such a way that customers or end users can simply use the output of big data and do the analysis and not worry about the infrastructure that’s underneath it,” said Mike Maciag, COO of Altiscale. He chatted with Erik Linask (News - Alert), group editorial director of TMCnet at the recent Editors Day Santa Clara 2015 event.
Altiscale’s origins go back to the beginnings of big data analysis, when Google (News - Alert) began researching Map Reduce functionality and Yahoo came up with the technology that would eventually lead to Hadoop. Both Altiscale’s founder/CEO and CTO hail from Yahoo, while one of the company’s primary investors originally worked with Google. Those roots have helped the company evolve into a fully managed big data service provider.
“One of the knots on big data has been an expertise gap as to how to do the IoT infrastructure and management of the underlying platform and then how to do the data analytics on top of it,” said Maciag. Altiscale handles the infrastructure and management portion of the equation, storing data in their cloud and handling security and management. They also provide the basic analytics platform so customers can pick and choose which tools they want to run on top of that. Meanwhile, Altiscale handles all processing, software management and day-to-day operations.
“Many enterprises are kind of getting used to the idea that the public cloud, if managed properly, is more secure than what they can do on premises,” added Maciag. Altiscale is seeing adoption within the enterprise in general but also in the healthcare, financial services and manufacturing/IoT markets.
The company recently achieved PCI (News - Alert) DSS Level 1 certification as well as HIPAA compliance for its cloud service. Those achievements, when added to Altiscale’s existing AICPA SOC 2 compliance and Kerberos authentication, are a testament to the high levels of security and compliance the service provider is offering customers.
Edited by Kyle Piscioniere