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In its quest to build a database lots of people can use to analyze real-time and historical data, MemSQL is adding the ability to import with .CSV files in version 2.1, out next month.

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Buzzworthy in-memory database startup MemSQL will add features that can help more developers get onboard and bring in historical data easily alongside other data already coming in. The goals can help the company make its scalable relational databases more accessible to everyone.

The latest iteration of the database, version 2.1, helps people who don’t speak the popular database query language SQL by allowing imports of old data in .CSV files, which can be created from familiar Excel spreadsheets. And loads of large data sets can happen fast, because MemSQL directs lots of compute cores to handle the work in parallel.

And the notion of making it easier to view and analyze more data is an area where MemSQL wants to expand over the next few months. “You’ll continue to see a lot of extended functionality in the system related to data sources and data types,” said Eric Frenkiel (pictured), CEO and a co-founder of MemSQL, which can take on both transactional and analytic tasks.

For now, in addition to the .CSV uploading, Version 2.1 also lets customers start choosing what columns they want to shard. It also provides a new way to easily install and manage the database using a Linux packet manager. That feature is aimed at “helping out new users, new developers get onto the system very fast,” said Frenkiel, who was a sales engineer at Facebook before he and co-founder Nikita Shamgunov joined Y Combinator with little more than a startup idea.

Version 2.1 becomes available next month. Earlier this year MemSQL released a distributed version of its database.

As one of our 2013 Cloud Trailblazers, Frenkiel will talk about the company at our Structure conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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