Actian Corporation ("Actian"), with backing from Garnett & Helfrich Capital, stands alone as the big data vendor with the bravado to charge down the acquisition path towards big data critical mass. Between start-up business intelligence ("BI")/analytics vendors, and Not Only SQL ("NoSQL") database vendors, other venture capital firms have invested roughly $1.5 billion in early stage big data related vendors. While large, established vendors playing in big data have made major acquisitions and investments down through the years, such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SAS, and Teradata, not even these major players have placed, proportionally speaking, such a big bet on big data as Actian.
The capstone to Actian's big data buying blitz happened last week with the announcement of the immediate acquisition of ParAccel, a leading MPP NoSQL database/advanced analytics solution. A mere month ago in a report I authored on the BI/analytics platforms, I wrote the following excerpt regarding ParAccel: