SOURCE: Altiscale


July 22, 2015 11:00 ET

Altiscale Issues Big Data Challenge to Organizations Evaluating Hadoop Solutions

Challenge Invites Organizations to Experience the Benefits of Big Data-as-a-Service

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 22, 2015) - Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Big Data-as-a-Service, today announced the Altiscale Big Data Challenge, which invites organizations to experience the power of Big Data-as-a-Service by including the Altiscale Data Cloud in their solution evaluation. With this challenge, organizations can see for themselves the faster job performance, rapid time-to-value, and lower total cost of ownership of cloud-based, fully managed Hadoop. For completing the challenge, organizations will receive a gift pack featuring an Apple Watch.

"When organizations put the Altiscale Data Cloud to the test, they will discover that it is the best way to experience Hadoop and Spark. Liberated from the burdens of implementing and operating a big data platform themselves, Altiscale allows organizations to make the best use of their time. They can stop focusing on fixing jobs and start focusing on achieving business goals," said Raymie Stata, founder and CEO of Altiscale. "We are excited for the Altiscale Big Data Challenge. When users experience the value that Big Data-as-a-Service could bring to their organization, they will realize that the true winner of the challenge is them."

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Altiscale Customers Attest to the Value of Big Data-as-a-Service

In interviews with Altiscale customers, an independent analyst firm found that the Altiscale Data Cloud increased the performance and reliability of data processing and analysis, as compared to alternative solutions such as public cloud Hadoop-as-a-Service offerings. With the Altiscale Data Cloud, customers were able to develop new insights from their data much more quickly, provide better analytical services to their own customers, increase productivity, and reduce operating costs.

These benefits translate into a return on investment (ROI) of over 100 percent on average. The Altiscale Data Cloud payback period was less than 90 days.

As one customer's VP of Engineering said, "The problems with our previous Hadoop infrastructure amounted to a long list. Things would fail regularly, and that was not acceptable. What's more, the cost of having a cluster up all the time was extremely high. Now with Altiscale, the data is always on and much more reliable, all at a much lower cost."

Altiscale Data Cloud: Big Data as a Fully Managed Cloud Service

Unlike infrastructure service providers that offer minimal operational support and leave customers dealing with challenges of Hadoop management, the Altiscale team runs, updates and manages the customer's entire Hadoop implementation. Altiscale also includes Advisory Services to help customers find the best way to address their unique business challenges.

Find Out More about the Altiscale Big Data Challenge

Participation in the Altiscale Big Data Challenge is open to any IT organization that is actively looking for big data solutions and includes the Altiscale Data Cloud in its performance evaluations. At the conclusion of the Challenge, participants will receive a gift package that features an Apple Watch. Terms and conditions do apply. For more information on the Altiscale Big Data Challenge and how you can participate, visit

Altiscale is also holding a webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. PDT to dispel common misconceptions about doing big data in the cloud. To register, visit

About Altiscale
The Altiscale Data Cloud was created to provide organizations access to the only infrastructure "purpose-built" for Hadoop, as well as the operational expertise needed to execute complex Hadoop projects. By monitoring both the infrastructure and jobs, Altiscale provides unparalleled levels of service for its customers. Founded in 2012, the Altiscale team has been on the forefront of Apache Hadoop -- from its incubation at Yahoo to operating more than 40,000 Hadoop nodes. As a company that understands the transformative power of this technology and its challenges, no other organization is better positioned to deliver reliable and scalable Apache Hadoop. Investors include Accel Partners, General Catalyst, Northgate, and Sequoia Capital. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @Altiscale.

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