Treasure Data raises $5M, fuses Hadoop and data warehouse in Amazon’s cloud


The assault on the enterprise data warehouse market carries on, with the latest challenge coming in the form of a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup called Treasure Data. The company, which offers a combination Hadoop and data warehouse service hosted on the Amazon Web Services cloud, has raised $5 million from Sierra Ventures. Sierra’s past investments in the data warehouse space include Teradata and Greenplum, and new Treasure Data board member Tim Guleri was responsible for the Greenplum deals.

However, while the cloud angle immediately distinguishes Treasure Data from the legacy vendors, some might be wondering how it compares with another hot data warehouse service presently hosted with AWS — Amazon’s own Redshift service. According to Treasure Data co-founder and CTO Kazuki Ohta, the difference is pretty clear: Whereas AWS’s various big data services — S3, Redshift and Elastic MapReduce — are like Lego blocks that must be pieced…

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