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People might fail to realize it, but databases are everywhere. The effectiveness of databases is ubiquitous in our daily lives. A database allows users to update, edit, and maintain stored information securely, efficiently, and quickly. Databases can simplify the search and utilization process in accessing information; this improves scalability for an organization. There are various types of databases available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Data plays an important role in innovations, so there is a driving need for quality, easy access, and well-organized data.
MemSQL is The Database of Now™, powering modern applications and analytical systems with a cloud-native, massively scalable architecture. The company delivers maximum ingest, accelerated transaction processing, and blisteringly fast query performance, including AI integration and machine learning models, all at the highest concurrency. Global enterprises use the distributed database to ingest easily, process, analyze, and act on data, to thrive in today’s insight-driven economy. MemSQL is optimized to run on any public cloud or on-premises with commodity hardware and brings innovative breakthroughs for modern data workloads spanning transactions, analytics, and AI for leading businesses undergoing digital transformation. MemSQL is proud to work with leading partners such as AWS, IBM/Red Hat, Google/Looker, Bahwan CyberTek Group, Latbc, Infosys, Tata and Virtusa to provide innovative solutions.
In conversation with Raj Verma, Co-CEO of MemSQL
Q. With the increase in remote working, what do you think the future of cloud computing will look like?
Cloud computing is just one aspect of remote working. It enables people to scale up and down very quickly. The cloud wars between the big corporations will continue to increase, and cloud computing is here to stay. The fact that you can build applications and post them on the cloud without the need to obtain and provide infrastructure such as data centers gives businesses agility. The future is in the cloud because the cloud works on multiple levels, such as the infrastructure level, the platform level, and the application level. This also includes managing on-premises resources as a part of the public and private cloud. Companies’ ability to manage data across those various data residences is going to be critical going forward.
Q. Downtime is seen as a significant problem in cloud technology. Do you promise your clients a platform that is free from downtime?
In our business, downtime is not something that has been a problem or something we often talk about. However, one of the things that we do in the cloud platform is continuously improve and fix errors quickly. This provides better agility than the self-deployed versions, where you had two releases per year. Most cloud hosting platforms are known for having at least four releases per year. If fixes are required, they are done almost immediately. Organizations can also choose to upgrade during non-working hours. We ensure the upgrade and make them more productive with the least disruption.
Q. Could you please explain your elastic database Helios?
MemSQL Helios is available on multiple cloud platforms, including Azure, AWS, and GCP. Helios will also be available on RedHat OpenShift. We are extremely excited about this. Helios gives developers and users an easy way to get started. To get on Helios, choose the platform you are comfortable with, and start developing. We have the database software taken care of, and we manage it for you. MemSQL Helios also supports a hybrid deployment option, which allows you to deploy it in your private data center. Because of compliance reasons, many of our clients cannot put data into the public clouds, and they have a private instance for this. We help them manage our database and their applications in their private instance. Having the choice of a publicly managed instance, a privately managed instance, or a self-managed instance is reassuring to our clients because they are not forced to move to any specific data residency.
Q. Do you have any new services launching soon?
We continue to enhance our services to minimize data risk. We are committed to making more consumer-type products that are frictionless. How can you get onto our platform and do what you need to do with it, whether it’s query optimization, application development, or integrating with your ecosystem in the enterprise? How do you get enabled on our platform and quickly start developing the application you want to develop? We enable our customers to integrate well into the enterprise application platform to help with query optimizations and managing their environments in multiple data residencies. And we do all that with the least amount of friction.
Our mission is to help organizations be more data-centric. We aren’t an application. We are a platform that enables the development of applications. Databases have existed for half a century, and about 500 million applications based on databases have been developed in that time. We expect another 500 million applications based on databases to be developed in the next five years. We provide the performance, scale, and speed needed to address current and future data requirements. That is important for existing enterprises and modern-day developers.
Meet the leaders behind the success of MemSQL
Raj Verma is co-CEO at MemSQL. He brings more than 25 years of global experience in enterprise software and operating at scale. Raj was instrumental in the growth of TIBCO software to over $1 billion in revenue, serving as CMO, EVP Global Sales, and COO. He was also formerly COO at Aptus Software and Hortonworks. Raj earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.
Nikita Shamgunov co-founded the company and serves as co-CEO, having previously served as founding CTO. Nikita formerly worked on core infrastructure systems at Facebook and served as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server. Nikita holds a PhD in computer science from the National Research University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been a world medalist in ACM programming contests and has been awarded several patents.