ThoughtSpot Relational Search Appliance Launches

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ThoughtSpot_logo ThoughtSpot has announced that it has brought to market ThoughtSpot Relational Search Appliance – a self-service data analysis solution built for enterprise scale.  The appliance combines the custom-built ThoughtSpot Relational Search Engine with ThoughtSpot In-Memory Relational Data Cache to create a solution that eliminates the current trade-off between end-user simplicity and IT departments’ needs for scale, security and manageability.

Data discovery capabilities are dominating new purchasing requirements, even for larger deployments, as alternatives to traditional BI tools,”  said Rita Sallam, research VP, Joao Tapadinhas, research director, Josh Parenteau, research director, Gartner, et al. in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, Feb 2014.  “But ‘governed data discovery’ — the ability to meet the dual demands of enterprise IT and business users — remains a challenge unmet by any one vendor.”

In 2012, the ThoughtSpot founding team identified a fundamental gap between the way consumers access vast volumes of data in their personal lives – via Facebook, Google, Yelp, Kayak and Amazon – and the way these same people access their sales, marketing and financial data in the workplace. While one was enabled by search-related innovations in these consumer companies, where most of the ThoughtSpot founders previously worked, the other was stuck in a decades-old Business Intelligence (BI) technology stack. As a consequence, despite more than $100 billion spent by companies on BI software licenses and even more on IT services, less than 25% of enterprise users have access to the data they need.

We built this company with a consumer-grade user experience as our central mission,” said Ajeet Singh, co-founder and CEO, ThoughtSpot. “While BI served the enterprises well over the past three decades, the needs of users have changed tremendously. The future belongs to search and ThoughtSpot is excited to bring a solution to market that answers this challenge.”

Introducing ThoughtSpot Relational Search Appliance

The ThoughtSpot appliance is an enterprise-grade solution that combines data from on-premise and cloud data sources and enables enterprise users to access them in a simple-to-use yet secure manner. This is made possible by the following technologies that were custom-built by ThoughtSpot:

  • Browser-based Consumer-class Interface – intuitive, search-based interface that can be used by enterprise workers without the assistance of IT or data analysts.
  • ThoughtSpot Relational Search Enginea first-of-its-kind search engine that understands relationships across disparate enterprise data sources and returns instant results from billions of rows of data.
  • ThoughtSpot In-Memory Relational Data Cache – custom-built relational engine that can cache data from data warehouses, cloud applications, spreadsheets and Hadoop clusters and run in-memory computations on large data volumes. The data cache follows a distributed computing model and can grow incrementally as data volumes grow.
  • ThoughtSpot Cluster Managementcustom-built cluster management framework that provides enterprise-class fault tolerance, manageability and monitoring capabilities to the ThoughtSpot appliance.


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