Kumar Sreekanti

– Kumar Sreekanti, CEO of BlueData, says:

This week at Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2014, BlueData was named first place winner of the prestigious Startup Showcase competition. This recognition was hot off the heels of the company’s announcement of a free promotional 5-node edition of the EPICTM Enterprise, the industry’s first, and already award-winning, Big Data software that enables enterprises to create a self-service cloud experience on-premise, easily, quickly and cost-effectively. With this latest offering, BlueData is furthering its mission to democratize Big Data.

Now, enterprises of all sizes, even those on the smaller end of the spectrum, can try out a Big Data private cloud with the consumption experience of the public cloud in a low-risk environment that is fully supported by BlueData. Organizations that deploy the full version of EPIC Enterprise can provision 100 nodes or more depending on their hardware specification and run production workloads. They can also enable multiple users and departments to create their own clusters. There are no restrictions on the number of cores, servers or storage.

Customers wishing to learn more about the free 5-node license of EPIC Enterprise should visit BlueData also offers a full-featured community edition, EPIC One, which allows users to experience the power of multi-app, multi-version instant clusters on a single physical node, downloadable at

Also this week, BlueData 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. 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.