December - 2015 - issue > Startup of the Year 2015 - Big Data

SQream Technologies: Miniaturizing Data Center within a Small Box

si Team
Monday, December 7, 2015
si Team
Ami Gal (Co-Founder & CEO, SQream) has always been confident that Big Data is one of world's most exiting phenomena that could and should change lives for the better. Yet when he contributed to a startup competition in 2010 as a technology investor and startup mentor, little had he foreseen that he will be planting the seed for a colossal transformation, which would spur a technology revolution around Big Data. As the parallel processing connoisseur Kostya Varakin (Co-Founder & CTO, SQream) was demonstrating the intriguing idea of miniaturizing data center within a small box, Ami instantly knew that it was once in a life time opportunity. Following a long discussion about materializing the path-breaking GPU (Graphic Processing Unit)technology in the form of a Big Data company, SQream Technologies, was incepted in Israel with one table and two computers. With the advent of SQream, organizations of all sizes in the Big Data world has gained the possibility to analyse unprecedentedly more data in a few order of magnitude to attain insights up to 100 times faster than any other player, with much less hardware and therefore at up to 90 percent lower costs.

The Special Forces

SQream DB is the basic ingredient for all of its products, which boosts analytics performance radically through massive parallel computing using its patent pending GPU-based technology that crunches data quickly in massive scale. This petabyte scalable, user-friendly Big Data SQL database product requiring nothing more than plain English, can be implemented tenfold faster, since there is no need for indexes, cubes, data modelling or new DBA skills. Tailored for Genome Research industry, GenomeStack, a flexible and effective platform, empowers genome researchers to make accurate predictions by rapidly extracting time-critical insights. Likewise, SQream developed xDR Repository for telecoms to optimize their networks, though it is currently being used for multiple purposes. ZBDB, SQream's latest addition, is a fully managed analytics data warehouse offered on the cloud.

Daunting yet Exhilarating Journey

The company that has established an office in Israel, couple of offices in U.S., a respectable number of partners and plentiful customers & prospects all over the world within such a short span, has been through backbreaking hardships. "To acquire customers and talents in this arena, we have to compete with either big guns with unlimited resources or Silicon Valley startups with millions of dollars in funding. Although being an adaptive and nimble startup, we have the flexibility to move in a different direction as per market's reaction. Producing the actual product and getting customer into production was a daunting task. It is a great journey, very tough but extremely fulfilling," reminisces Ami.

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