We live in a 24x7 on-demand world where fast is becoming too slow. For many businesses, velocity is everything–the key to enhanced revenue, customer satisfaction and staying in front of the competition. But the emergence of Big Data is proving to be a barrier for some, making it difficult, time consuming and cumbersome to access and organize massive amounts of data in a way that makes the information actionable.
VoltDB was created to solve that challenge. Designed by Dr. Michael Stonebraker, a pioneer of database research and technology and a professor at MIT, VoltDB is a modern NewSQL in-memory database designed to handle the most challenging workloads and operations at tremendous speeds with limitless scalability and zero data loss. Its revolutionary scalable architecture allows VoltDB users to build applications once thought impossible applications that leverage inexpensive, virtualized computing infrastructures, including popular cloud service platforms.
“Successfully handling streams of fast data generated by the Internet, mobile, smart devices and social applications, and then making that information actionable in real time to inform business decisions is a big challenge,” explains John Piekos, VP of Engineering for VoltDB. “VoltDB ingests significant amounts of data very quickly, allowing you to do real-time analytics and make per-event real-time decisions based on what is happening right now.”
The UK Smart Grid is using VoltDB to determine policy and billing decisions for activity across 25 million households’ electrical meters. And SAKURA Internet, one of Japan’s largest enterprise-class ISPs, is using VoltDB as part of its strategy for keeping enterprise customers online in the face of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
VoltDB is extraordinarily fast; a single VoltDB node is capable of running millions of SQL statements per second, and a cluster can run hundreds of thousands to millions of transactions per second. In addition to high write workloads and per-event decisioning, VoltDB’s customers also want the ability to visualize and access fast-moving data through standard analytics and business intelligence (BI) solutions such as Tableau and MicroStrategy.