HPE buys one-time startup wonder MapR to bolster edge-cloud AI portfolio
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired the business assets of big-data firm MapR for an undisclosed fee.
California based startup MapR had raised $280 million over eight rounds of funding, including from Google, since being established in 2009. The one-time star of the big data analytics, valued at $1 billion at its height, had been seeking a buyer since sprint in order to avoid shuttering its headquarters in Santa Clara.
HPE has struck a deal for its technology, intellectual property, and domain expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data management. HPE said the incoming capabilities will round-out its own edge and cloud data analytics offer, presented as part of its Intelligent Data Platform.
Antonio Neri, president and chief executive at HPE, said: “The explosion of data is creating a new era of intelligence where the winners will be the ones who harness the power of data, wherever it lives. MapR’s file system technology enables HPE to offer a complete portfolio of products to drive artificial intelligence and analytics applications, and strengthens our ability to help customers manage their data assets end to end, from edge to cloud.”
The MapR data platform will extend HPE’s BlueData capabilities for stateful container-based applications, enabling data analysts to “stitch together” analytics data pipelines in minutes across on-premises, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud environments.
HPE said the platform, offering multi-cloud and container support, will bring compatibility with a broader set of analytics engines, applications, and tools, and a more consistent approach to secure, protect, and orchestrate data “up to exabyte scale”.
MapR’s data platform is used by enterprises in financial services, manufacturing, and consumer technology. Its partners include resellers, software vendors, and system integrators in the analytics market. HPE will continue to support these partners (“as appropriate”), it said.
Phil Davis, president of hybrid IT at HPE, commented: “We are working to simplify adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning. MapR’s enterprise-grade file system and cloud-native storage services complement HPE’s BlueData container platform strategy and will allow us to provide a unique value proposition for customers. We are pleased to welcome MapR’s world-class team to the HPE family.”