December 9, 2012

ParAccel update

In connection with Amazon’s Redshift announcement, ParAccel reached out, and so I talked with them for the first time in a long while. At the highest level:

There wasn’t time for a lot of technical detail, but I gather that the bit about working alongside other data stores:

Also, it seems that ParAccel:

Various of my questions were answered more in email than on the phone, which I got permission to quote and lightly edit. (Text-bolding is by me.)

ParAccel’s customer stats turn out to be:

We currently have won more than 60 paying customers, since opening our doors in 2005. In the last year, we have added 16 additional customers. It’s also important to note that our existing customers continue to expand their use of ParAccel. We have closed 11 new deals with existing customers in the last year. These are all paying customers with ParAccel in production or in development and moving to production.

On the phone, ParAccel cited Evernote and Home Depot as recent new customer wins.

In response to a question about concurrent usage, ParAccel wrote:

We support up to 5,000 connections on a single ParAccel instance. Our emphasis is on analytic performance, and in Proof of Value projects, we encourage testing of our advanced analytic capabilities in real-world scenarios – the more complex the analytics, the better ParAccel performs against the competition. For example, one of our retail customers has an algorithm running within ParAccel with 10,000 lines of code. Another financial services customer runs a 25,000 line SQL query for dynamic risk stress testing.

Here are some of the projects with the largest number of users accessing a ParAccel-based system:

  • MicroStrategy Wisdom has more than 38,000 users of the system.
  • We have some large retailers with 1000 to 2000 stores regularly accessing store-specific analytics.

Regarding large databases, ParAccel wrote:

Here are some large current implementations, all expected to grow significantly in the next year:

  • Merkle: 50 TB
  • Large internet company: 40 TB
  • Large financial institution: 20 TB

We also know that Amazon is running a very large, PB+ implementation on their platform based on components licensed from ParAccel.

I don’t know what happened to the two 100+ terabyte customers ParAccel cited in 2010.


5 Responses to “ParAccel update”

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