Ahana Expands Seed Funding to $4.8 Million with Additional Funding Led by Lux Capital

Grows technical leadership team with three key co-founders from Alibaba, Uber and Walmart running major Presto deployments; 

Funding to be used to accelerate R&D for Presto-as-a-service offering and contributions to open source community

San Mateo, CA – September 21, 2020 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, today announced an additional investment of $2.3 million in seed financing led by new investor Lux Capital, along with participation from existing investor GV (formerly Google Ventures), bringing total funds raised to $4.8 million. Ahana has also expanded its technical team with three new co-founders adding top Presto and core database talent from Alibaba, Uber and Walmart, each responsible for running major Presto deployments. 

The seed extension comes just three months after Ahana announced its commitment to grow the Presto community and deliver Presto-based analytics products. Today, in a separate announcement, Ahana unveiled Ahana Cloud for Presto (see: Ahana Unveils First Cloud-native Managed Service for Presto on AWS). Previously, Ahana had made available the completely open source PrestoDB Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on the AWS Marketplace as well as a PrestoDB container on DockerHub to support the community.

Joining Cofounder and CEO Steven Mih; Cofounder and Chief Product Officer Dipti Borkar; and Cofounder and CTO David Simmen, the Ahana team now includes: 

  • Vivek Bharathan, Cofounder, Principal Software Engineer and Presto Contributor – Most recently, Vivek was a Software Engineer at Uber where he managed Presto clusters with more than 2,500 nodes, processing 35PB of data per day, and worked on extending Presto to support Uber’s interactive analytics needs. Prior to Uber, Vivek was an early member of the query-optimizer team at Vertica Systems and made several contributions to the core database engine and the Vertica ecosystem. His Presto contributions include the Presto support of partial aggregations.  
  • Ashish Tadose, Cofounder, Principal Software Engineer and Presto Contributor – Ashish joins Ahana from WalmartLabs, where he was a Principal Engineer and built a multi-cloud Data Acceleration Service powered by Presto while leading and architecting other products related to data discovery, federated query engines, and data governance. Ashish is also an Apache committer and contributor to several open source projects.        
  • George Wang, Cofounder, Principal Software Engineer and Presto Contributor  – With more than 13 years experience as a core database engineer, George joins Ahana from Alibaba where he built numerous key features, including dynamic partition pruning, to support a high throughput and low-latency engine for AnalyticDB, a Presto-based cloud service. He was also a member of the Presto Foundation Outreach Committee while at Alibaba. Prior to that, George was a Staff Software Engineer at IBM for over 10 years where he developed multiple features and enhancements on DB2 for z/OS. 

“Presto is one of the fastest growing database engines today, as users find it has unparalleled performance for interactive, ad hoc querying,” said Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO, Ahana.  “Since exiting stealth, we’ve accelerated momentum across the company by making significant contributions to the Presto community; building a world-class technical team of core database engineers who have run Presto deployments with over 1,000 nodes at some of the world’s most data-intensive companies; and unveiling Ahana Cloud for Presto, the first Presto-as-a-service offering. The strong investor interest we received at a step-up multiple in valuation is validation of the work we are doing. The additional funds will be used to continue expanding development, contributing to Presto open source, and hiring more engineers.”

“With data spread across many sources, particularly data lakes, a federated SQL approach is replacing the traditional data warehouse model and Presto is poised to become the new SQL query engine of choice for running across data stores,” said Brandon Reeves, Principal, Lux Capital. “Ahana is the only company to make Presto ubiquitously available via unrivaled ease of use and affordability with its managed service model, and, combined with their stellar team having deep Presto and database experience, we believe they are positioned to make a major impact on the market.” 

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About Ahana

Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, is the only company with a cloud-native managed service for Presto on Amazon Web Services that simplifies the deployment, management and integration of Presto and enables cloud and data platform teams to provide self-service, SQL analytics for their organization’s analysts and scientists. As the Presto market continues to grow exponentially, Ahana’s mission is to simplify interactive analytics as well as foster growth and evangelize the PrestoDB community. Founded in 2020, Ahana is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and operates as an all-remote company. Investors include GV, Lux Capital, and Leslie Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.

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Ahana Unveils First Cloud-native Managed Service for Presto on AWS

Ahana Cloud for Presto

Ahana Cloud for Presto Gives Customers Complete Control of Multi-Cluster Deployments

San Mateo, CA – September 21, 2020 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today its new Presto-as-a-Service offering designed to simplify the deployment, management and integration of Presto, an open source distributed SQL query engine, with data catalogs, databases and data lakes on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Ahana Cloud for Presto is the only easy-to-use, cloud-native managed service for Presto, and is deployed within the user’s AWS account, giving customers complete control and visibility of clusters and their data. 

Also today, in a separate announcement, Ahana increased its seed funding to $4.8 million with the additional funding led by Lux Capital and expanded its technical team with three new cofounders adding top Presto and core database talent from Uber, Walmart and Alibaba.

The Ahana Cloud for Presto service, built specifically for AWS users, allows cloud and data platform teams to provide self-service, SQL analytics for their organization’s analysts and scientists. As a cloud-native solution, Ahana Cloud for Presto utilizes containers, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), and is easily procured with Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) pricing in AWS Marketplace.   

”While Presto is one of the fastest-growing open source projects in data analytics, it is still a complicated distributed data system with extensive tuning and integration required. This tends to make Presto deployments expensive and achievable mostly by large Internet companies like Facebook, Uber and Twitter,” said Dipti Borkar, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana. ”Organizations increasingly need self-service SQL analytics, and Ahana Cloud for Presto can now simplify and unify data analytics so users can query data directly in place across a range of data sources on AWS including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and others  – without the need to move or copy the data.”

“I’ve been following the Ahana team and they are addressing my challenges of building in the cloud,” said Cal Mitchell, Database Engineer, TimeTrade. “Ahana Cloud for Presto on AWS would save me hours and days of time across the configuration, deployment and operations lifecycle. It is as easy as a cloud data warehouse but without copying all my data into it. This would allow me to innovate features instead of managing infrastructure. It would give me what I love about Presto with little operational complexity.”

 Ahana Cloud for Presto offers the following:

  • Easy-to-use Ahana Console for creation, deployment and management of a multi-cluster compute plane developed with the emerging best practice of an in-virtual private cloud (VPC) deployment on AWS
  • Support for Amazon S3, Amazon RDS for MySQL, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, and others
  • Built-in hosted Hive Metastore that manages metadata for data stored in Amazon S3 data lakes 
  • Support for user-managed Hive Metastores and Amazon Glue
  • Range of security capabilities including fully protected compute plane
  • Cloud-native highly scalable and available containerized environment deployed on Amazon EKS
  • Integration with any business intelligence and dashboarding tool or data science notebook 

“Companies want ad hoc SQL analytics to enable faster data-driven innovation, but with data increasingly spread across multiple data lakes and databases in the cloud, there is just too much complexity,” said Mike Leone, senior analyst, ESG. “Ahana’s cloud native managed service for Presto has potential to offer users a fast, federated, OSS-based analytics solution with an intuitive UI that helps to simplify ramp up and ongoing operations.”

PrestoDB – The Federated SQL Query Engine

PrestoDB is a federated SQL query engine for data engineers and analysts to run interactive, ad hoc analytics on large amounts of data, which continues to grow exponentially across a wide range of data lakes and databases. As a result, data platform teams are increasingly using Presto as the de facto SQL query engine to run analytics across data sources in-place, without the need to move data. One of the fastest growing projects in the data analytics space, PrestoDB is hosted by the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and is the same project running at massive scale at Facebook, Uber and Twitter. PrestoSQL, with a similar name but a different offering, is a fork that was announced in 2019.

Availability and Pricing

Ahana Cloud for Presto is now accepting sign ups here and early access is available concurrent with PrestoCon on Thursday, September 24.  General availability is expected by the end of the year. The service will initially be available for AWS, with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud to be added in the future. Ahana Cloud for Presto will be elastically priced based on usage, with Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) and annual options via AWS Marketplace. 

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About Ahana

Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, is the only company with a cloud-native managed service for Presto for Amazon Web Services that simplifies the deployment, management and integration of Presto and enables cloud and data platform teams to provide self-service, SQL analytics for their organization’s analysts and scientists. As the Presto market continues to grow exponentially, Ahana’s mission is to simplify interactive analytics as well as foster growth and evangelize the PrestoDB community. Founded in 2020, Ahana is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and operates as an all-remote company. Investors include GV, Lux Capital, and Leslie Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.

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Media Contact:
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Winkowski Public Relations, LLC
978-649-7189
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