Microsoft heads for its analytics ambitions by acquiring with Metanautix

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Microsoft Acquires Big Data Analytics Company Metanautix.

Terms were not disclosed, but Palo Alto, California-based Metanautix had raised about $7 million in venture funding from Sequoia Capital and others since its founding in 2012. Microsoft has acquired a young Palo Alto startup called Metanautix, a firm specializing in helping large enterprises filter through their hordes of in-house data.Microsoft Corp acquires a new startup Metanautix, founded by a former engineer at Google who uses SQL queries to filter through big data to get insights.Microsoft has advanced its quest in the enterprise analytics niche by buying Metanautix, a company that makes it easier for businesses to pile up all essential data and obtain understanding into it. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed Cofounded in 2012 by Theo Vassilakis and Toli Lerios, who previously worked at Google and Facebook respectively, Metanautix launched in September 2014 shortly after raising $7 million and after two years in development.

Metanautix’s product can gather info from an assortment of private and public cloud data sources such as old-fashioned data warehouses, NoSQL databases such Cassandra and business systems like as Salesforce. Once it’s it pooled together all the necessary info, businesses can employ SQL to query the subsequent data pipeline so that the users can obtain insights from the information. His co-founder is Apostolos Lerios, a former Facebook fb senior engineer who worked on that company’s photo service, which is home to billions of our own photos and other images. When the company publicly launched, this publication reported that it had “half a dozen beta customers using [its] software.” Despite that, its run as an independent shop is over.

Metanautix applied the standard SQL (the initials stand for structure query language) used to ask questions of traditional relational databases to wild-and-wooly data that doesn’t fit into that row-and-column mold. Microsoft intends to fold Metanautix into its “data platform, including SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.” For now, the software giant is publicly light on details past those notes. Microsoft isn’t not divulging about its plans for Metanautix’s technology, though Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh disclosed that the firm’s plans to add into products such as Cortana Analytics and Suite SQL Server. Vassilakis confirmed further plans on the roadmap. “Metanautix started out with the vision to integrate the data supply chain by building the Quest data compute engine that enables scalable SQL access to any data,” said Vassilakis in a blog post. “Three years in, we can take this work to the next level by joining forces with Microsoft. This deal is an additional step in Microsoft’s stratagem to provide businesses machine learning, powerful analytics, and artificial intelligence capabilities to enable them to become more prolific in an age of data production.

Being able to apply that same tool to messy non-relational data, in theory means that businesses can learn much more from their diverse data sources in one fell swoop. It manages to say even less than you might expect, but did find space for its CEO to thank his employees: “It’s been a thrilling ride, but before we begin the next exciting chapter I’d like to take a moment to thank our amazing team who has made all of this possible[.]” With just $7 million raised, and most of that in years past, it isn’t impossible to guess that the company was light on cash at the time of the sale, heading into a far more challenging fundraising climate than when it launched.

We look forward to being part of Microsoft’s important efforts with Azure and SQL Server to give enterprise customers a unified view of all of their data across cloud and on-premises systems.” As with many of Microsoft’s recent acquisitions, Metanautix fits into its bigger plan to build “the intelligent cloud,” one of three key investment areas chief executive Satya Nadella announced back in June. By offering access to capabilities most companies couldn’t create on their own, Microsoft has the potential to entice more users into its public and private cloud platforms.

Microsoft has made almost 20 acquisitions this year, and “cloud” has featured prominently, including cloud security startup Adallom and cybersecurity firm Secure Islands. The company (especially with Sirosh at the top of the Data Group) is putting its marbles that those bright cloud capabilities will aid it to lure customers away from rivals such as Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.

So a business analyst for a product manufacturer could ask how much of Product A sold in the second quarter, but also parse posts on Twitter or Facebook to see how customers liked or didn’t like what they bought. Metanautix’ technology breaks these boundaries to connect the ‘data supply chain,’ no matter what the type, size or location of an organization’s data.” Quest employs SQL to combine together different data silos and can transform the data into tables that even business departments like sales and marketing can fathom. Metanautix co-founder and CEO Theo Vassilakis played a role in creating the querying system Dremel at Google; Google’s BigQuery analytics service was headquartered on Dremel. The other co-founder of the Metanautix, CTO Apostolos Lerios, was a Facebook senior software engineer who was immersed on image processing architecture of Facebook.

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