Teradata dives further into Hadoop with RainStor acquisition

Data warehouse vendor [company]Teradata[/company] has made its fourth acquisition of the year, announcing on Wednesday it has bought data-archiving specialist RainStor for an undisclosed amount.

RainStor builds an archival system that can sit on top of Hadoop and, it claims, compress data volumes by up to 95 percent. The company has raised roughly $26 million since it was founded in 2004, with the last round — $12 million — coming in October 2012. The deal itself is neither earth-shaking nor bank-breaking (in a press release, Teradata describes the acquisition price as “not material”), but it does further clarify Teradata’s strategy for staying relevant in an increasingly scale-out, open source world.

Taken as a whole with the company’s other acquisitions, including Hadapt and Think Big Analytics, it’s pretty clear that Teradata wants to play a bigger role in companies’ big data environments than just that of a data warehouse and business intelligence provider. If customers are intent on storing and analyzing more data more cheaply in Hadoop or NoSQL data stores, Teradata would rather help them do that and accept a smaller profit margin rather than lose that data and those workloads altogether.

The big question now is for how long the Hadoop market will continue to play nice with existing data-management vendors. With one so-far successful IPO under its belt and others presumably on the way, it’s conceivable companies such as Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR will attempt to grab a bigger piece of the pie as their war chests get bigger.

RainStor raises $12M to make your big data small

Big data company RainStor has raised $12 million is Series C funding for its database that’s designed to shrink data footprints by at least 95 percent. It also plays nice with Hadoop, meaning a system can handle ad hoc SQL queries as well as MapReduce jobs.

Wikileaks’ Spy Files paints damning picture of tech surveillance

Wikileaks today released a database of tech providers that are involved in government tracking around the globe and quite a few familiar names are on the list, including Alcatel Lucent, Nokia and Cisco. Called The Spy Files, the project includes 287 records.

Venture Capital’s Data Side Story

From new data stores to large-scale databases to cloud-based storage services, it seems VC dollars these days are primarily flowing into two important (if somewhat unsexy) technology sectors: storage and big data. Here are some of the recent fundings that bring this trend into focus.