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Actian Avalanche on Google Cloud: Engineered for the Data-Driven Enterprise

POZNAN, POL - JAN 30, 2020: Laptop Computer Displaying Logo Of Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Offered By Google

Today, Actian is excited to announce the delivery of Actian Avalanche hybrid cloud data platform on Google Cloud Marketplace. Avalanche is initially available in the us-east1 region, which will be expanded to include US West, German, and Irish cloud regions in the coming months. If you are interested in trying out Avalanche on Google Cloud, please check out our listing here.

Avalanche is the highest performance warehouse available on Google Cloud and beats the alternative on price-performance by a factor of 8 – 12x. Our price-performance advantage takes advantage of the fact that Google Cloud has the best backhaul and high-bandwidth networking infrastructure of any cloud provider, ensuring lightning-fast data access even across regions. Leveraging this superior networking and storage capabilities in Google Cloud, Avalanche delivers 20% superior query performance compared to other cloud providers.

We have been collaborating closely with Google Cloud’s architects and storage teams over the past few months. From the standpoints of ease of use, integrated connectivity, real-time decision making, this collaboration ensures that Actian Avalanche will deliver the best cloud data warehouse experience available—with the lowest TCO among all cloud data warehouses. Organizations in the midst of digital transformation can gain access to the real-time insights needed to make the operational analytics decisions that competitive advantage demands.

Avalanche is deployed in the form of containers and micro services on the latest compute nodes leveraging Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and Google Cloud Storage (GCS).  Avalanche supports agile data processing by enabling the rapid ingestion of data into the data warehouse. It can also be used to query data stored in Google data lakes via external tables.

Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Deployment

Because Actian Avalanche can be used in a multi-cloud configuration, organizations can configure Avalanche to operate across multiple cloud providers. This enables organizations to finally realize the true potential of hybrid by bringing the compute power of Avalanche to the place where their data resides. In addition, Avalanche can also be deployed on-premises, allowing organizations to leverage the same database engine, the same physical data model, the same ETL/ELT tools, and the same BI tools of your choosing both in the cloud and on-prem.

Figure 1: Actian Avalanche is available on Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure, enabling multi-cloud deployment options.

Built for Google Cloud

Actian Avalanche is well integrated into the Google ecosystem. Looker has been a long-time visualization partner of Actian, and now as part of Google Cloud, provides a great option for customers looking for a native BI tool on Google Cloud. We have also preconfigured connectors to pull data from Google Cloud Storage and DataProc into Avalanche. These complement a slew of over 200 built-in data and application sources that Avalanche can pull data from.

Over the next few months, we will be adding further integrations with Google tools like Google KubeFlow, and Google DataFusion.

About Vikas Mathur

Vikas Mathur is the Senior Vice President of Products at Actian. He is responsible for product management and product strategy for all Actian products. His charter includes shepherding Actian’s growth by leveraging the broad portfolio of Actian’s products including the Avalanche platform, Actian-X, Zen, and DataConnect. Prior to joining Actian, Vikas held multiple executive roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), including leading business and pricing strategy for HPE Software, product management for HPE’s video analytics business, and shaping HPE’s corporate strategy around business portfolio and go-to-market development. Prior to HPE, Vikas was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, and in product development at Sun Microsystems and Apple Computers.