One example is Google's BigQuery, launched a few weeks ago, which aims to let enterprises upload their data to Google's infrastructure and run sophisticated analytics against it. Another is ClearStory, a start-up that came out of stealth mode earlier this year. It offers a service that lets companies mash up heterogeneous data from corporate databases, Hadoop environments and public web sources, and then run it through an analytics application.
Other companies with similar offerings include Metamarkets, a venture funded startup that offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for big data analytics. The company helps firms analyze clickstream data and other online data and provides visualization and predictive modeling capabilities for customers.
Another example is WibiData, a startup that offers a service that lets businesses store and analyze vast amounts of customer data from websites, mobile devices and other sources.
"The problem of getting interactive access to ever more challenging data sets has been top-of-mind for several years now," said Curt Monash, principal at Monash Research. Companies such as Metamarkets and WibiData are addressing that need with their hosted data analytics models, he said.
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