The 10 Coolest Big Data Products Of 2013

Splice Machine

Splice Machine, led by founder and CEO Monte Zweben, has been developing what it calls the industry's only real-time, SQL-on-Hadoop database. In October, the company launched a limited release program for the new software.

Splice Machine is developing the database as an alternative to traditional relational databases, such as Oracle and IBM DB2, for real-time, transactional big data applications. The company is relying on a limited number of customer evaluators to try out the technology, including validating specific use cases and testing SQL coverage and benchmark performance, before releasing the product for general availability.