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The Coolest Big Data System And Platform Vendors Of The 2019 Big Data 100

Rick Whiting

Part 2 of CRN's 2019 Big Data 100 looks at the companies you need to know that provide big data systems and platforms.


Top Executive: CEO Satya Nadella

Software giant Microsoft offers a broad range of software products that cut across all the categories in our big data roundup. The product portfolio includes the flagship SQL Server database and popular Power BI business analytics software.

Microsoft has been aggressively expanding its big data offerings for its Azure cloud platform, including Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Stream Analytics, along with the HDInsight Hadoop and Spark service.


Top Executive: CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd

Oracle's big data offerings have long expanded beyond its flagship Oracle Database software to include products that span all big data technology categories.

Oracle's portfolio today includes the Big Data Discovery visual analysis tool, Oracle Data Mining and other business analytics software; multiple databases including MySQL, NoSQL and TimesTen; the Oracle Data Warehouse; data integration and transformation tools such as Oracle Data Integrator; and complete systems including the Oracle Big Data Appliance and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

As with most of its software portfolio Oracle has been aggressively moving its big data offerings to the cloud in recent years.

Pivotal Software 

Top Executive: CEO Rob Mee

While Pivotal's main focus is helping customers build and deploy applications, the company operates a division that focuses on big data products including the Pivotal Greenplum massively parallel processing data platform for advanced analytics and Apache MASlib system for in-database analytics.

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

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