SOURCE: Aptidata


January 15, 2013 08:09 ET

Aptidata Spearheads the Establishment of First Big Data Test Platform for Georgia Startups

Resource to Accelerate Big Data Innovation

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Jan 15, 2013) - Aptidata today announced the availability of the first scalable, high performance test platform that will enable Georgia startups to test their capabilities within the Big Data space without having to purchase expensive hardware. The idea originated at the Big Data Roundtable, an Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC) special interest group founded by Aptidata CEO Tom Lamar and is made possible through the contribution of free hardware and systems from IT vendors Coraid and Apto Solutions.

"We saw a need among startups to test their models and ideas," said Tom Lamar, CEO of Aptidata. "The smaller startups in particular lack the funding to purchase the hardware necessary to run tests. But now they can with this new resource," he added. 

The platform is made possible through generous contributions of equipment and systems from Apto Solutions and Coraid. Jeff Jones of Apto Solutions added, "We have a vested interest in helping new technology companies grow and wanted to help them test their capabilities."

"Coraid Ethernet SAN solutions combine the simplicity and economics of DAS with the scalability and data protection of shared storage," said John Gilmartin, vice president of product marketing at Coraid. "This helps reduce costs and eliminate operational complexity in Big Data deployments."

The platform will be made available at no cost to ATDC member companies and Georgia Tech research faculty.

"ATDC strives to offer its members the most advanced technology available while remembering that our companies are resource constrained," said Stephen Fleming, vice president of Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute. "This partnership will help ATDC companies explore tools for Big Data development," he added.

For details on accessing the platform, please contact Chip Schooler

About Aptidata
Aptidata, with offices in Atlanta and San Francisco, provides a proprietary data-driven software platform with a natural language style interface as a SaaS application to businesses with transactional and event driven data. Aptidata has launched its first product REVEAL™ for the restaurant vertical utilizing data derived from point of sales systems and is currently selling and installing early adopter customers. Aptidata will soon release versions to support various vertical markets such as retail, healthcare, and logistics. For more information visit or follow us at LinkedIn at

About Apto Solutions
Apto Solutions has been providing IT Asset Recovery and Disposition services to the world's leading organizations since 2001 and was recently recognized as an industry leader by Gartner in their ITAD Magic Quadrant. Apto Solutions has locations in Atlanta, Georgia, Milpitas, California, and Austin, Texas. Apto Solutions provides a broad range of ITAD services worldwide through a robust partner network including project management, de-installation, reverse logistics, refurbishment, redeployment, recycling, and resale. Apto also offers state-of-the-art data sanitization and destruction services adherent to DOD 5220-22.M/NIST 800.88 standards and higher. Apto Solutions holds certifications for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, R2 (Responsible Recycling) and National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

About Coraid
Coraid redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive® storage solutions. EtherDrive delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and a high price-performance advantage over legacy storage. Designed from the ground up for virtualisation and cloud architectures, Coraid solutions have been deployed by more than 1,500 customers worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Coraid on Twitter at or LinkedIn at

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