Actian Awarded US Patent for Ground Breaking Big Data Update Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 14, 2018 – Actian, the hybrid data management, analytics and integration company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,892,148, titled, “Methods of operating a column-store database engine utilizing a positional delta tree update system”. The focus of the patent is Actian’s innovational positional delta trees technology, which enables data updates, both new and altered, to active analytic databases without the performance impact traditionally seen in Big Data systems. With this breakthrough technological achievement, Actian is building on its commitment to enabling businesses to thrive in today’s demanding dynamic, real-time hybrid data environments.

Today’s Big Data analytic systems, such as ones built on Hadoop, were designed for batch loading and reporting, optimized for reading and scanning existing records. As a result, they typically offer slow overall performance whenever data needs to be updated or changed. The ramification of this architectural limitation is that systems that deliver analytical insight often have to rely on obsolete, stale data when generating analytical results. Since modern, connected applications increasingly demand real-time data and insights, this can have a material impact to an organization’s ability to compete and win.

“Data-driven organizations facing the challenges of today’s hybrid data environments are demanding faster, more nimble solutions to activate data and unlock the business value,” said Rohit De Souza, CEO of Actian. “Actian Vector, powered by this revolutionary patented technology, absolutely resets the bar for real-time analytical computing. With this achievement, we are positioned to redefine the modern data warehouse and its role within data-driven, forward-thinking organizations.”

Real-Time Data Without Traditional Big Data Performance Penalties

Actian Vector analytics database, available for both on-premises and in the cloud, is powered by this patented positional delta tree functionality. As a result, high-performance data is recorded in memory and made available immediately for subsequent queries. This capability ensures that an organization is always analyzing its most recent, “freshest”, data while not impacting the analytical performance and latency.

“Today’s analytic workloads need to be more tightly coupled to operational systems – business decisions depend on the accuracy and timeliness of the underlying data,” said James Curtis, senior analyst, data platforms & analytics, 451 Research. “When paired with Vector, Actian’s new patented technology certainly zeros in on reducing performance hits from database updates while also delivering fast insights and improved business outcomes.”

Real Innovation Driving Real World Competitive Advantage

Actian Vector analytics in-memory database, powered with positional delta tree technology, can help organizations fundamentally transform how they harness data. For example, retailers can make better and faster offers in real time to buyers as they shop, or provide customer support with up-to-date awareness of all recent transactions. Manufacturers can monitor their supply chain with real time accuracy. Financial companies reduce trading risk and mitigate fraud exposure with faster insights to market changes.

“For our business process management insights, we rely on Actian Vector due to its speed and capability to directly load data from operational systems of record,” said Craig Strong, CTO/CPO of Hubble by “This patent shows the innovation that goes into delivering such compelling performance.”

About Actian – Activate your Data™

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Jeff Veis
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Actian Corporation

Elizabeth Somerville
PAN Communications