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Virtustream and Skilled Analysts to Offer Enterprise Big Data Cloud Solutions Powered by Druid, Metamarkets’ Open Source Analytics Database

Virtustream, Inc., the leading enterprise cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced it has partnered with Metamarkets, the leader in real-time analytics for online advertising, and Skilled Analysts, a leading consulting firm, to offer big data solutions in the cloud. Together, these companies will provide enterprise customers with tailored, real-time analytics services, delivered on-demand from secure public, private and hybrid clouds.

There is a significant and growing demand for real-time analytics across the large volumes of business information today. Many organizations are experimenting with open source big data tools, but find that setup requires specialized skills. Through the combination of Virtustream’s secure enterprise class cloud, Metamarkets’ Druid real-time analytics database and Skilled Analysts’ consulting services, enterprises now have access to tailored big data solutions that can be run on demand from any cloud – private public or hybrid, with professional services as needed. Running Druid in the cloud simplifies setup and expedites deployment, which in turn improves time to value.

To illustrate the power of big data, the companies have provided two demonstrations on the web at www.virtustream.com/bigdatademo. The first demo takes the live data from parking meters in San Francisco and provides a street map to the nearest empty parking space. This demonstrates real-time analysis using the power of the Druid in-memory database, which is used across vertical industries, to analyze massive amounts of big data. The second example takes very large U.S. census datasets and provides a fast Hadoop search of the changing dynamics of the U.S., showing demographics, age, state and distribution across massive scale. The power of Hadoop with such large datasets has been used to detect lucrative market segments, analyze medical/pharmaceutical data and even political campaigns to tailor messages to specific constituencies.

“Enterprises need real-time analytics to take full advantage of big data, and we are excited to provide a cloud environment that is secure and scalable for their large-scale data projects,” said Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream. “As enterprise IT expands in size and complexity, organizations will adopt technologies to accelerate their business and identify new insights. Big data analytics delivered from our cloud give these enterprises flexible, real-time data solutions to make better business decisions.”

Powered by Virtustream µVMTM (micro-VM) technology, xStream offers a pay-as-you-go cloud service that only charges customers for the resources actually used. With big data projects that require a significant amount of storage and compute, consumption-based pricing delivers significant cost savings to customers.

“We are excited to collaborate with Virtustream and Skilled Analysts in empowering customers to leverage the power of their vast amount of data by using the Druid analytics database,” said Mike Driscoll, CEO at Metamarkets. “Metamarkets developed Druid to better meet the needs of big data analytics requiring fast, real-time access. We made Druid available to the open source community to fill a gap in the existing big data ecosystem for a real-time analytical data store.”

Metamarkets created Druid, a real-time analytics database, which is the first open source, distributed, analytical data store designed to operate in real-time and scale horizontally. Druid is perfectly suited for large-scale, real-time data analysis of massive volumes of business data.

“Setting up the required hardware and big data software has been a formidable challenge for many firms. Having these systems already deployed at Virtustream and only being billed for actual usage makes the whole process much simpler,” said David Park, chief technology officer at Skilled Analysts. “We’ve found Druid to be an extremely powerful tool that can analyze large incoming data streams in close to real time.”

To assist enterprises with the installation, configuration and use of big data tools, Skilled Analysts offers data scientists with extensive design and implementation expertise to establish and run Druid and Hadoop projects.

Metamarkets and Virtustream are sponsoring a Real-Time Data Rave on Wednesday, February 27, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Hotel Cypress room, as part of the O’Reilly Strata Conference. For more information or to register for the event, visit http://realtimerave.eventbrite.com/.

About Virtustream

Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud software and IaaS for enterprises, governments and service providers. Virtustream simplifies moving complex IT to the cloud - whether private, public or hybrid – while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream: a secure, high availability, enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution, delivering application level SLAs for mission critical applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and thousands more). xStream is available as software for existing data centers and as a managed service from Virtustream's cloud – all backed by professional services to design, migrate, and manage clouds. Virtustream offers xStream worldwide; owns data centers in the U.S. and EMEA; operates an international Cloud Exchange; has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, Dublin, Dubai and Saudi Arabia and has partners in Asia and China.

About Metamarkets and Druid

Metamarkets is the trusted provider of real-time analytics as a service for online marketing. Our groundbreaking solution empowers buyers, sellers, and facilitators of digital marketing for the Web and Mobile, with critical business insights and actionable information in real-time to make intelligent decisions. Our scalable solution offers rapid deployment and hands-off ongoing operations without burdening your internal operations and engineering teams, freeing them up to concentrate on core differentiating technology. We are the only truly scalable analytics service for the Real Time Bidding (RTB) Advertising world, with a turnkey solution to convert big data into actions that lower costs and lift revenues. For more information, please visit www.metamarkets.com.

Druid is an open source distributed in-memory analytics database designed for performance and high availability on commodity hardware. Druid is available on a variety of platforms, for on premise deployments and as a service from cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Virtustream (VMware). For more information please visit: Metamarkets.com/druid.

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