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The Coolest System And Cloud Platform Companies Of The 2022 Big Data 100

Rick Whiting

Part 5 of CRN’s Big Data 100 includes a look at the vendors solution providers should know in the big data system and cloud platform space.

Databricks

Top Executive: CEO Ali Ghodsi

Databricks has been one of hottest startups in the big data space in recent years. The company, founded in 2013 by the developers of the Apache Spark unified analytics engine for large-scale data processing, has become the leading proponent of the data lake concept for data analysis, an alternative to traditional data warehouse systems.

One reason Databricks has generated headlines is the company’s funding: Databricks has raised some $3.6 billion from investors—including $1 billion and $1.6 billion funding rounds in February and August 2021— putting the company’s valuation at an astonishing $38 billion. Some industry watchers expect an initial public offering from the company sometime this year.

The company develops its flagship Databricks Lakehouse Platform to handle a range of big data tasks including data analytics and data warehousing, data engineering, data streaming, and data science and machine learning. Recently the company has developed solutions for specific vertical industries, including financial services, health care and life sciences, and retail and consumer packaged goods, that run on the company’s platform.

That dovetails with the company’s recent launch of its Brickbuilder Solutions initiative to work with solution provider and systems integrator partners to develop industry-specific data and AI solutions that run on the Databricks Lakehouse Platform.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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