Analytics database firm Exasol has partnered with Bigstep to host its SQL EXASolution in-memory service on the firm's bare-metal cloud servers.
The move aims to help customers bypass the need for complex internal IT infrastructure to support data analysis by allowing customers to benefit from the full processing power of the HP servers that support the Bigstep Full Metal Cloud.
This avoids having to share server resources in the virtualised environments of other public clouds from providers such as Amazon Web Services.
Guy Lipscombe (pictured), Exasol's UK managing director, explained to V3 that this approach allows companies to carry out high-speed analytics on SQL databases without encountering performance-sapping "noisy neighbours" on the same cloud.
Businesses can avoid the shortcomings of a public cloud by setting up their own private cloud, but the outlay can be costly and it needs to be built with growth in mind, eroding the scope to scale cloud resources up or down.
Lipscombe explained that, while EXASolution can be deployed in other public clouds and on-premise servers, the Bigstep partnership offers several advantages to the database's users.
"In the case of Bigstep, it is able to offer that raw performance you get on bare-metal [servers] but it also offers the flexibility you want from a cloud. It also offers the security that a lot of cloud providers maybe don't quite have," he said.
"We liked it because we got a very complementary message. They claim to be the highest performance cloud platform out there, and we claim to be the fastest database out there. That's a natural marriage."
Lipscombe went on to explain that businesses looking to carry out rapid and scalable analytics will be most attracted to EXASolution on the Full Metal Cloud.
These customers could include retail companies needing rapid analytics of stock levels during peak sales periods.
Lipscombe also said that companies enjoying rapid growth and subsequently needing more data analytics can benefit from the added performance of bare-metal servers, without worrying about the need to install new IT infrastructure.
He cited Candy Crush developer King Digital Entertainment as an example of an existing EXASolution user that could benefit from Full Metal Cloud.
"Like King with Candy Crush, when it went on to Facebook [growth] jumped, then it went to mobile and it went completely through the roof," he said.
"If you have an exploding business you can just easily add nodes and deploy in Bigstep without having to worry about the physical space and getting all the kit and wiring it all up."
Bigstep appears to be bolstering its Full Metal Cloud offering, having recently teamed up with big data specialist Datameer to offer its Hadoop-based software as an analytics service through the cloud.
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