The market for information technology for capturing, storing and managing big data is growing nearly 32 percent per year and could reach $24 billion by 2016, predicts IDC. And that's not even including business analytics software -- a market that IDC has projected will alone reach $51 billion by 2016.
So it's no surprise that there's a lot of venture capital flowing to the wave of startups that have emerged in recent years with innovative big data technologies. In recent months, the rush to provide funding for big data companies seems to have accelerated. Here's 21 companies that have been on the receiving end of venture capitalist and angel investor largesse since the start of the year.