Emerging Big Data Vendors To Know In 2021

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 17 hot big data startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Big Data Companies

It’s become a bit of a cliché that data is the fuel oil of the digital economy. But there’s no denying that data is a critical component of many business and IT initiatives today, including business analytics, cloud migration and digital transformation.

Businesses and organizations, however, are still struggling to manage, analyze and derive value from the growing volumes of data they collect from their operational systems, their sales and marketing applications, and from outside sources. Some have trouble just identifying what data they have and tracking where it is.

As data volumes grow, collecting, preparing, integrating, managing, analyzing and protecting data is an increasingly complex task. Established companies like Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon Web Services, along with younger companies like Snowflake and Confluent, offer big data products and services to help meet these big data challenges.

As is often the case in the IT industry, however, some of the most innovative big data technologies are being developed by a new generation of startups. As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 17 hot big data startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Steven Mih, Co-Founder, CEO

Ahana’s cloud-native managed service for the Presto distributed SQL query engine for Amazon Web Services simplifies the deployment, management and integration of Presto for self-service, SQL analytics for data analysts and scientists.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Adrian Knapp, Founder, CEO

Aparavi’s cloud-based data intelligence and automation platform finds, governs and consolidates distributed data needed for data analytics, machine learning and collaboration tasks, helping transform data into a competitive asset.

Cockroach Labs

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Spencer Kimball, CEO

Cockroach Labs develops CockroachDB, a high-performance, cloud-native, distributed SQL database that’s used by companies of all sizes—and the apps they develop—to scale fast, survive anything and thrive everywhere.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Billy Bosworth, CEO

Dremio’s data lake engine delivers data warehouse functionality to cloud data lakes through direct queries for high-performing interactive dashboards and analytics, eliminating the need to copy data into data warehouses.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Nir Livneh, CEO

Equalum is a cloud-agnostic, change data capture-powered data integration platform offering end-to-end data replication, ETL ingestion and batch ingestion within a no-code UI. Equalum orchestrates Apache Spark, Kafka and others within the platform engine.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Brian Platz, Co-Founder, CEO

Fluree’s graph database uses blockchain technology to build every transaction into an immutable, cryptographically secured chain of graph-structured data. Target applications include master data management transformation for supply chain, financial and health-care records management.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Luke Han, Co-Founder, CEO

Kyligence provides an intelligent analytics performance layer between data sources and BI tools, ensuring peak performance, vastly simplified data modeling and sub-second query response time for BI, SQL, OLAP and Excel users.

Monte Carlo

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Barr Moses, Co-Founder, CEO

Mission-critical data used for decision-making and powering digital products must be accurate and reliable. Monte Carlo solves the costly problem of broken data through its fully automated, SOC-2 certified data observability platform.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Sam Naficy, CEO

Prodoscore’s software provides visibility into employee productivity and engagement in the form of a simple score. The system captures and measures thousands of daily activities across cloud-based business apps to provide productivity intelligence.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Kaycee Lai, Founder, CEO

Promethium’s augmented data management system automates the data analytics process by connecting on-premises and cloud data without moving or copying it and automating data preparation, assembly and visualization tasks.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Itamar Ben Hemo, Co-Founder, CEO

Rivery’s cloud DataOps and data management platform gives companies control over their organizational data. Rivery’s approach to DataOps is a generational technology leap that incorporates automation and actionable logic into ETL/ELT processes.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Venkat Venkataramani, CEO

Rockset enables interactive real-time analytics for logistics tracking, security analytics, gaming leaderboards and more. Rockset’s approach makes real-time analytics fast, flexible and easy by indexing every field in structured, semi-structured, geo or time series data.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Serkan Piantino, Co-Founder, CEO

Spell.ML’s machine learning platform for deep learning operations goes beyond traditional machine learning with its capabilities for preparing, training, deploying and managing the full life cycle of machine learning and deep learning models.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Justin Borgman, Co-Founder, CEO

Starburst’s SQL query engine, based on open-source Trino, provides data access and analytics for organizations of all sizes. Starburst queries data across any source, making it instantly actionable for data-driven organizations.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Mike Del Balso, Co-Founder, CEO

Tecton’s data platform for machine learning enables data scientists to turn raw data into the predictive signals that power machine learning models, helping remove the biggest impediment to deploying machine learning in the enterprise.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Ajay Khanna, Founder, CEO

The Tellius decision intelligence platform provides faster insight from data, combining AI- and ML-driven automation with a search interface for ad hoc exploration, allowing users to ask questions of business data across billions of records.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Bill Cook, CEO

Yugabyte offers YugabyteDB, an open-source, high-performance distributed SQL database for building global, internet-scale applications. YugabyteDB serves business-critical applications with SQL query flexibility, high performance and cloud-native agility.