Companies to Watch: 2013

September 27, 2012 —  (Page 2 of 3)

What They Do: MongoDBCompanies to watch 2013
Why We're Watching: Far and away the most popular of the NoSQL solutions, MongoDB has won developers’ hearts and minds, thanks to ease of use and lack of schema.

What They Do: Stackato
Why We're Watching: While their IDEs are interesting, it's Stackato, their on-premise PaaS offering, that makes ActiveState interesting. Private PaaS hasn't taken off yet, but ActiveState is already ahead of the curve.

What They Do: NoSQL
Why We're Watching: Membase was mildly interesting, and CouchDB was exciting technology. Now the two come together this fall in version 2.0, making Couchbase an interesting database company to watch.

Drawn to Scale
What They Do: Spire
Why We're Watching: Spire brings SQL and real-time querying to Hadoop, thus solving two of the largest problems for the platform at the same time.

Exo Platform
What They Do: Cloud IDE
Why We're Watching: While Exo is an interesting content-management platform, it's the Web-based Cloud IDE that has captured our attention.
What They Do: Social document sharing
Why We're Watching: Making SharePoint faster and easier to use is a surefire way to become relevant. Their ability to enhance Google Docs and mobile platforms makes them a company to keep an eye on.

What They Do: Hadoop 2.0
Why We're Watching: The standard bearer for the next generation of Apache Hadoop, Hortonworks is the gatekeeper to moving the project beyond Map/Reduce.

What They Do: OpenSolaris fork
Why We're Watching: ZFS, Zones and DTrace are all here in an operating system that actually got a shot in the arm when Oracle threw it overboard.

What They Do: Distributed Object-Store-as-a-Service
Why We’re Watching: The Ceph project is an innovative approach to cloud-based storage; the unification of object, block and file storage in one system brings new thinking to cloud databases.

JustOne Database
What They Do: Relational “NewSQL” database for Big Data
Why We're Watching: The company’s reinvention of the relational database turns PostgreSQL upside-down to get rid of indexes, partitions and schema transformations—and allows queries directly against the datastore.

New Relic
What They Do: Real-time application-performance management
Why We're Watching: The company offers very sophisticated slicing and dicing of users, servers and applications, with the goal of offering proactive, predictive alerting. There’s no trendy buzzword, just solid monitoring of the stack.

Nexenta Systems
What They Do: Configurable storage management for DevOps
Why We're Watching: Developers may not know Open Storage ZFS, but Unix administrators know that it’s a fast, scalable storage platform. The company builds on ZFS for hardware-agnostic management of local and cloud storage.

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