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October 14, 2014

BlueData Platform Designated a Certified Spark Distribution by Databricks

MOUNTAIN VIEW and BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 14 — BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data private clouds, today announced that the company’s platform has been designated a “Certified Spark Distribution” by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark — the popular open-source processing engine. BlueData is packaging Spark with its EPIC platform, the industry’s first Big Data enterprise-grade private-cloud deployment platform. The certification means that BlueData customers have access to the large and growing ecosystem of certified Spark applications.

“Because Spark offers tremendous flexibility and performance for Big Data developers, one of our primary focus areas is to simplify the adoption process as much as possible,” said Ion Stoica, CEO of Databricks. “BlueData helps deliver on this vision by providing a streamlined self-service experience for enterprise private clouds. We’re thrilled that BlueData has not only made Spark a core part of its offering, but has also chosen to certify its distribution as a testament to the importance of the Spark ecosystem.”

The integration of Apache Spark with the EPIC platform allows customers to create elastic, multi-tenant Spark clusters in minutes. With BlueData, developers can create standalone Apache Spark clusters independent of a Hadoop distribution and to leverage capabilities such as Spark SQL. In addition, BlueData DataTap technology allows Spark developers to run jobs directly against enterprise-class storage systems and eliminate costly, risky and time-consuming data movement. Companies that deploy Big Data applications such as real-time stream processing or faster, real-time decision-making algorithms will benefit from the ease-of-use and sophisticated analytics of the Spark platform. The EPIC private cloud platform offers enterprise developers a faster, simpler solution for creating Spark applications than was previously possible.

“Spark offers the potential to revolutionize Big Data processing and advanced analytics. BlueData committed early on to run Spark natively and support the full breadth of capabilities,” said Kumar Sreekanti, co-founder and CEO of BlueData. “BlueData EPIC now provides a turnkey, enterprise-grade Spark platform for enterprises of all sizes. For the first time, you can have infrastructure move at the same speed as your Spark applications.

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