Kognitio Moves to a Free Licensing Model for In-Memory Analytical Platform Atop Hadoop Environments

Kognitio is allowing companies to download a fully functional copy of its software at no charge, and with no time restrictions. The company, which made the announcement at O'Reilly Strata and Hadoop World conference, said it is offering a full-featured, perpetual use license of up to 128 gigabytes without an expiration period or other limited functions normally found in "trialware."  This capability gives companies the ability to do in-memory analytics on, for example, more than 500 million customer records at once.

By doing so, Kognitio says it is making it possible for industry solutions vendors, entrepreneurs, and large and small enterprises to gain insight from big data, unifying an "information anywhere" approach where data can sit in a conventional data warehouse, Hadoop cluster, or any other standard persistence environment and be available for analysis in real time.

According to Kognitio, companies will be able to download and use the software from the Amazon Web Services MarketPlace for use in the cloud, and the Informatica MarketPlace, for download of the on-premise software to run on industry-standard x86 servers – the same computing environment used by the Apache Hadoop open source software. 

The software will enable those organizations to perform intense, unlimited in-memory analytics using its RAM-based processing delivering results as much as 10,000 times faster than technologies that require traditional spinning disk.

"For some firms, this will be all they need to perform the kind of deep-dive analysis required in today's market," says Steve Millard, Kognitio president and chief executive officer.  "Other, larger companies will be able to use Kognitio to accelerate their existing business intelligence environment to better enable ad-hoc analysis on Big Data in real time.  Either way, we believe that once they experience the power of in-memory analytics and the ease of use Kognitio delivers, they will come back to us for more."  Millard noted that the 128-gigabyte restriction for the free-to-use software only relates to the amount of RAM memory available at a single time. 

Millard said that the offering will allow Kognitio to expand its rate of revenue growth, since additional capacity and technical support will be provided, but at an additional charge. 

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