News: Metanautix helps people crunch big data.
Microsoft has acquired Metanautix, a startup that helps businesses to pull together all their data and crunch big data.
Metanautix is the brainchild of Google and Facebook engineers, and it has already raised around $7m venture funding from Sequoia Capital and others since its inception in 2012.
Metanautix technology claims that it can solve the issues that companies face for bringing together various sources and siloes of data, by connecting the "data supply chain," no matter what the type, size or location of an organization’s data.
Some of its product can gather information in from a variety of private and public cloud data sources including traditional data warehouses, NoSQL databases and business systems.
Once the data is gathered, the businesses can use SQL to query the resulting data pipeline in order to gain insights from the information.
According to reports, the acquisition is expected to help Microsoft to offer businesses powerful analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities and draw more users into its public and private cloud ecosystems.
Microsoft Data Group corporate vice president Joseph Sirosh said: "In the coming months, we will have more to share about how we will bring Metanautix technology into the Microsoft data platform, including SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.
"As someone who has led complex, large scale data warehousing projects myself, I am extremely excited about the technology and talent we are bringing to Microsoft with this acquisition.
"It is another important part of our ongoing efforts to build the intelligent cloud and help our customers fully realize the value of their data."