MemSQL is a distributed, in-memory database that's part of the new generation of database technologies emerging to handle the huge volumes of data being generated by today's IT systems. The company claims it's the fastest in the world. The product can perform realtime analysis of transactional data and makes realtime performance a reality on Hadoop.
The product debuted in June 2012, and in September the company launched MemSQL 3.0 with a flash-optimized columnar data store and automatic cross-data-center replication. People have taken notice: Also in September In-Q-Tel, the investment firm that works with the U.S. intelligence community, acquired a stake in MemSQL, with an undisclosed value.