Starburst Acquires Varada to Raise the Standard Of Data Lake Analytics

Starburst, the analytics anywhere company, is acquiring Varada, a data lake analytics accelerator, combining Varada's proprietary and patented indexing technology to transform data lake analytics. The combination empowers organizations to derive greater insights quickly and efficiently from their data, according to Starburst.

“We are pleased to join Starburst and bring our innovative technology to a global audience,” said Roman Vainbrand, Varada co-founder and VP R&D. “We believe the combined Starburst & Varada solution will deliver the best performance and cost benefits in the analytics query market, enabling organizations to accelerate the time-to-insight, while optimizing infrastructure operations and investments."

In addition to its technology, Varada engineering and product leadership will be joining the Starburst team.

The integration of the technology is expected to roll out to select customers in the next 30 days, with general availability by fall 2022. Companies using Trino can try the Varada Community Edition connector for free.

Varada’s core technology is a proprietary and patented caching and indexing solution which helps customers:
  • Speed query performance with autonomous indexing. Varada splits the data to be processed into blocks and then automatically chooses the most effective index for each block based on the data content and structure. This ensures data is available for fast analysis, reducing query response times up to 7x.
  • Adapt to business requirements with elastic resource management. Varada’s solution includes a smart cache which caches frequently accessed data to speed performance, but also provides data teams with the tools to adjust settings to meet performance and budget requirements. With the integration, Starburst Enterprise and Varada can elastically scale together to optimize for cost and performance.
  • Reduce operational costs with workload-level monitoring. Varada’s workload-level monitoring detects hot data and bottlenecks, alerting data engineering teams to areas for improvement. With the solution overall reducing the need to move and model data, customers see up to 40% cloud compute cost reduction on AWS.

“This acquisition is about helping customers take their data lake analytics to the next level, helping them move faster with critical decision-making while reducing data management costs,” said Justin Borgman, Starburst co-founder and CEO. “With the addition of Varada’s indexing technology, we can help data teams better serve the business, providing the right data right now. This powerful combination couldn’t come at a better time when an uncertain economy is forcing companies to re-evaluate their budgets, as business demands only increase.”

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