Big data

End of the road for Spire

Database startup Drawn to Scale, creator of Spire; one of the first SQL on Hadoop solutions is closing down. Company had some major paying customers such as American Express and offered SQL 92 compliance and real-time responsiveness. CEO Bradford Stephens announced the closure in a blog post on Friday.

While operational SQL database space is still relatively small (FoundationDB, Splice Machine, F1), it is getting crowded* and more competitive for other SQL on Hadoop solutions. Who do you think will be the winner? Cloudera’s Impala, Greenplum’s HAWQ, SalesForce’s Phoenix, Hadapt’s AAP, HortonWorks’ Stinger…?

*Given Peregrine and Cheetah are also taken, good luck finding a name, if you have any startup ideas in this area : )


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