Data

Happy open-source family

Moscow-based Runa Capital has invested €3 million ($3.4 million) in MariaDB, the open-source database company that offers what began as a MySQL fork (Google and Wikipedia are big-name users). Runa, which is headed up by founders of Acronis and Parallels, is already a backer of the Nginx web server and platform-as-a-service outfit Jelastic. In a statement, MariaDB CEO Patrik Sallner said his firm was looking forward to collaborating with Runa and its other open-source portfolio companies in its enterprise push.

Yes, we told you this already

As we reported two weeks ago, after White House staff leaked the news on a conference call, DJ Patil, the former Chief Data scientist at LinkedIn and most recently a VP of Product at RelateIQ, is now the Chief Data Scientist at the White House. In that role, he will work on the Administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which aims to use advances in data and health care to personalize medical treatments. He will also work on issues relating to open data in government. For a deeper dive on precision medicine and open data, check out our Structure Data conference in New York next month.

Big deal in BI

Storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems is set to buy analytics company Pentaho at a price rumored to be between $500 million and $600 million (closer to $500 million, from what I’ve heard). It’s an interesting deal because of its size and because Hitachi wants to move beyond enterprise storage and into analytics for the internet of things. Pentaho sells business intelligence software, and can transform even big data from stream-processing engines for real-time analysis. According to a Hitachi press release, “The result will be unique, comprehensive solutions to address specific challenges through a shared analytics platform.”

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