BlueData is in the green.
The startup announced Tuesday it has raised $20 million in a funding round with that cash being used to increase the company’s big data software presence. The announcement comes at the same time as a major deal with Intel was struck, meaning the pair will be working together to ensure businesses can run big data deployment on site.
“As part of this new collaboration, our product team at BlueData will be working together closely with Intel in areas including Hadoop and Spark, virtualization and container technology, as well as caching and security/encryption,” BlueData co-founder and CEO Kumar Sreekanti said in a blog post.
“We’ll be optimizing our software on Intel architectures to provide flexible, elastic, high-performance Big Data deployments on-premises. And we’ll be working together to bring this innovation to our enterprise customers, through ongoing sales and marketing collaboration.”
The partnership will see Doug Fisher, senior vice-president of Intel, join BlueData’s board of directors. It’s a move and collaboration, he stated in a release, that makes sense.
“The value of Big Data is huge, and the interest among enterprises continues to grow,” Fisher said in a release. “BlueData’s software platform complements Intel’s initiatives in Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, as well as our technology advancements in data center virtualization and container technology on Intel architecture.”
As reported by Venture Beat, the technology created by BlueData can integrate with existing file systems other than Hadoop’s native distributed file system. As well, it’s able to operate on top of virtualized infrastructure. BlueData’s software can deploy Hadoop distributions from both Cloudera and Hortonworks.