Microsoft acquires big-data analytics vendor Metanautix

Microsoft has bought analytics firm Metanautix and plans to integrate its technology with SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.

Microsoft has acquired a big-data analytics firm Metanautix for an undisclosed amount, officials said on December 18.

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Metanautix offers products that use an analytics engine to comb structured and unstructured data using SQL. The company's Quest data-compute engine allows users to combine any data as a table, regardless of format, and can handle data that's on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

"The (Metanautix) solution can integrate data across traditional data warehouses like SQL Server, Oracle and Teradata; open source NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra; as well as business systems like Salesforce.com and wide array of other cloud and on-premises data stores," blogged Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Data Group. "Key to Metanautix' approach is making a wide variety of data query-able by SQL, the most widely used data query language - at speed and high scale."

Sirosh said Microsoft will share more details "in the coming months" about how the company plans to bring Metanautix' technology into SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.

Metanautix, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company founded in 2012, also is one of Workday's venture investments.