Ahana Joins AWS ISV Accelerate Program to Expand Access to Its Presto Managed Service for Fast SQL on Amazon S3 Data Lakes

Ahana also selected into the invite-only AWS Global Startup Program

San Mateo, Calif. – September 14, 2021 — Ahana, the Presto company, today announced it has been accepted into the AWS ISV Accelerate Program. Ahana Cloud for Presto was launched in AWS Marketplace in December. As a member of the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, Ahana will be able to drive new business and accelerate sales cycles by co-selling with AWS Account Managers who are the trusted advisors in most cases.

Ahana has also been selected into the AWS Global Startup Program, an invite-only, go-to-market program built to support startups that have raised institutional funding, achieved product-market fit, and are ready to scale.

“Traditional warehouses were not designed to hold all of a company’s data. Couple that with rising compute and storage costs associated with the warehouse, and many companies are looking for an alternative,” said Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO, Ahana, “Open source Presto is that alternative, making it easy to run SQL queries on Amazon S3 data lakes at a much lower price-point. Using Presto as a managed service for open data lake analytics makes it easy to use SQL on Amazon S3, freeing up data platform teams for mission critical, value-add work. Ahana’s acceptance into the AWS ISV Accelerate Program and AWS Global Startup Program will allow us to be better aligned with AWS Account Managers who work closely with AWS customers, to drive adoption of Ahana Cloud for Presto and help more organizations accelerate their time to insights.”

Securonix uses Ahana Cloud for Presto for SQL analytics on their Amazon S3 data lake. They are pulling in billions of events per day, and that data needs to be searched for threats. With Ahana Cloud on AWS, Securonix customers can identify threats in real-time at a reasonable price.

“Before Presto we were using a Hadoop cluster, and the challenge was on scale…not only was it expensive but the scaling factors were not linear,” said Derrick Harcey, Chief Architect at Securonix. “The Presto engine was designed for scale, and it’s feature-built just for a query engine. Ahana Cloud on AWS made it easy for us to use Presto in the cloud.”

Ahana’s acceptance into the AWS ISV Accelerate Program enables the company to meet customer needs through collaboration with the AWS Sales organization. Collaboration with the AWS Sales team enables Ahana to provide better outcomes to customers.

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About Ahana

Ahana, the Presto company, offers managed service for Presto with the vision to simplify open data lake analytics. Presto, the open source project created by Facebook and used at Uber, Twitter, and thousands more, is a standard for fast SQL processing on data lakes. Ahana Cloud delivers the easiest Presto SaaS and enables data platform teams to provide high performance SQL analytics on their S3 data lakes and other data sources. As a leading member of the Presto community and Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation, Ahana is also focused on fostering growth and evangelizing open source Presto. Founded in 2020, Ahana is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and operates as an all-remote company. Investors include GV, Leslie Ventures, Lux Capital, and Third Point Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.

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Presto Company Ahana Raises $20M Series A Led By Third Point Ventures To Redefine Open Data Lake Analytics

Funding comes on heels of major momentum in customer and community adoption for Presto

San Mateo, Calif. – August 3, 2021 — Ahana, the Presto company, today announced it has raised $20 million in Series A funding to transform open data lake analytics, bringing total funds raised to $24.8 million. The financing round was led by Third Point Ventures and included existing investors GV (formerly Google Ventures), Leslie Ventures, and Lux Capital. Robert Schwartz, Managing Partner, Third Point Ventures will join Ahana’s Board of Directors. 

Today more companies are augmenting the traditional cloud data warehouse with cloud data lakes like AWS S3 due to its affordability and flexibility, allowing for the storage of a lot more data in different formats. But analyzing that data is challenging for data platform teams. Presto, the open source project created by Facebook and used at Uber, Twitter and thousands more, is the de facto standard for fast SQL processing on data lakes. With this investment, Ahana will continue to transform the open data lake analytics market with the only Presto SaaS by further accelerating engineering and contributions to the open source community, as well as expanding its go-to-market teams.

“We’re excited to join the exceptional team at Ahana and assist them in their evolution from rapid, early adoption to substantial market prominence. As we witness the evolution of modern analytics, we’re seeing a new stack emerge adjacent to the data warehouse. Companies need an open, flexible approach to access their data, and the data lake with Presto on top provides that,” said Robert Schwartz, Managing Partner, Third Point Ventures. “Ahana Cloud provides the foundation for this new stack, giving all platform teams the ability to easily use Presto on their data lake. With Ahana, any company can leverage the open data lake for their analytics. This is extremely powerful.”

Under the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation, the Presto open source project has seen massive growth just in the past six months including hundreds of thousands of pulls of the Docker Sandbox Container for Presto hosted by Ahana, over 1,000 members in global Presto meetups, and a total of ten companies that are now part of the Presto Foundation.

“From day one Ahana has focused on delivering the easiest Presto managed service for open data lake analytics in the cloud, giving data platform teams the ability to provide high performance SQL analytics on their S3 data lakes,” said Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO, Ahana. “As more open source-based companies like Confluent and Neo4J see extreme momentum in today’s market, Ahana’s open source go-to-market coupled with its deep involvement with the Presto Foundation has positioned Ahana as the Presto company and leader in the open data lake analytics space.”

“Since its launch in June of 2020, Ahana has in a short time established itself as the Presto company, bringing a solution to market that enables any team to use Presto in the cloud for their data lake analytics,” said Mark Leslie, Managing Director, Leslie Ventures. “Couple that with the momentum we’re seeing in the Presto community, I look forward to even more from the Ahana team as they execute on their vision of the open data lake analytics stack with Presto.”

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About Ahana

Ahana, the Presto company, offers the only managed service for Presto on AWS with the vision to simplify open data lake analytics. Presto, the open source project created by Facebook and used at Uber, Twitter and thousands more, is the de facto standard for fast SQL processing on data lakes. Ahana Cloud delivers the easiest Presto SaaS and enables data platform teams to provide high performance SQL analytics on their S3 data lakes and other data sources. As a leading member of the Presto community and Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation, Ahana is also focused on fostering growth and evangelizing open source Presto. Founded in 2020, Ahana is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and operates as an all-remote company. Investors include GV, Leslie Ventures, Lux Capital, and Third Point Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.

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Ahana Demonstrates Major Momentum in Customer and Community Adoption for Presto 1H 2021

The Presto company also shows significant product momentum with numerous accolades and industry recognition 

San Mateo, Calif. – June 24, 2021 — Ahana, the Presto company, today announced major momentum in customer and community adoption for the first half of the year. Ahana Cloud for Presto has seen strong adoption across many verticals in the mid-size and enterprise markets for its easy to use and high performance cloud managed service to query AWS S3 data lakes. 

“With the rapid growth of data lakes today, companies are turning to SQL query engines like Presto to get fast insights directly on their data lakes and with other data sources,” said Steven Mih, CEO of Ahana. “Presto is increasingly becoming the de facto choice for SQL queries on the data lake because of its performance and open, flexible architecture. But for most companies, leveraging Presto can be complex and resource-intensive, and that’s where Ahana can help in making it incredibly easy to get the power of Presto for your AWS S3-based open data lake analytics. The momentum we’ve seen in the Presto community coupled with Ahana customer adoption and industry accolades is a testament to how critical Presto is to unlock data insights on the now ubiquitous data lake.”

Continuing Customer Success and New Customer Wins

Ahana has continued to grow its customer base across all verticals in the mid-size and enterprise markets, including companies in the telco, FinServ, AdTech, and security industries, and today there are dozens of companies using Ahana Cloud for Presto on AWS. Recent notable additions and success stories include Securonix, Dialog, Carbon, Rev, Metropolis, Requis, and Cartona.

Earlier this year, ad tech company Carbon shared at PrestoCon why they chose Ahana Cloud for Presto to power their customer-facing dashboards and eCommerce company Cartona presented their Ahana Cloud for Presto use case. Securonix, a leading security operations and analytics company, is one of the latest companies to deploy Ahana Cloud for Presto.

Sachin Nayyer, CEO at Securonix, said at the AWS Startup Showcase featuring Ahana, “We are very excited about our partnership with Presto and Ahana because Ahana provides us the ability to cloudify Presto, in addition to being our conduit to the Presto community. We believe this is the analytics solution of the future, and with Ahana for Presto we’re able to offer our customers data that’s queryable at an extremely fast speed at very reasonable price points. That has significant benefits for our customers.”

Open Source Presto Community Momentum

The Presto open source community has also continued to grow exponentially over the course of the year. March’s PrestoCon Day was the largest Presto event to date and featured sessions from Facebook on the Presto roadmap and Twitter on the RaptorX project, plus panel discussions on the Presto ecosystem and Presto, Today and Beyond.

At Percona Live Online, the biggest open source database conference in the world, the Presto community track had hundreds of attendees and featured sessions like the Kubernetes operator for Presto, how Facebook’s usage of Presto drives innovation, and many more from presenters at Facebook, Twitter, AWS and more.

Additionally, the Docker Sandbox Container for Presto hosted by Ahana has seen hundreds of thousands of pulls over the course of the year, demonstrating significant growth in Presto usage.

Global Presto meetups have grown in size to over 1,000 members across the globe in cities like New York City, London, Bangalore, Sydney, and more, and Presto Foundation membership has grown to ten companies with new members Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

“As a member of the Presto Foundation, Intel is committed to working with the Presto open source project along with Ahana, Facebook, Uber and others to drive even more innovation and community engagement,” said Arijit Bandyopadhyay, CTO – Enterprise Analytics & AI, Head of Strategy – Enterprise & Cloud, Data Platforms Group at Intel Corporation. “We look forward to continuing to build on the fantastic momentum thus far and helping even more developers and enterprises get up and running with Presto.”

“The engagement we’re seeing within the community at meetups and events like PrestoCon Day and Percona Live coupled with the usage of the Docker container are indicative of how much the Presto project continues to grow,” said Dipti Borkar, Chairperson of the Presto Foundation Outreach Committee and Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana. “As Presto continues to be the de facto query engine for the data lake, we look forward to continuing to build a robust and vibrant community around the project and expand the use cases it supports.”

Product Accolades and Industry Recognition 

Ahana has also received numerous new editorial and industry awards in 2021, including:

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About Ahana

Ahana, the Presto company, offers the only managed service for Presto on AWS with the vision to simplify open data lake analytics. Presto, the open source project created by Facebook and used at Uber, Twitter and thousands more, is the de facto standard for fast SQL processing on data lakes. Ahana Cloud delivers the easiest Presto SaaS and enables data platform teams to provide high performance SQL analytics on their S3 data lakes and other data sources. As a leading member of the Presto community and Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation, Ahana is also focused on fostering growth and evangelizing open source Presto. 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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CRN® Recognizes Ahana on Its 2021 Big Data 100 List As One of The Coolest Business Analytics Companies

Ahana also named to CRN’s 10 Hot Big Data Companies You Should Watch in 2021 list

San Mateo, Calif. – May 5, 2021 — Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®, recognized Ahana on its 2021 Big Data 100 list as one of theCoolest Business Analytics Companies. This annual list recognizes the technology vendors that go above and beyond by delivering innovation-driven products and services for solution providers that in turn help enterprise organizations better manage and utilize the massive amounts of business data they generate.

This recognition follows Ahana’s recent distinction by CRN as one of 10 Hot Big Data Companies You Should Watch in 2021. “We are honored to receive these prestigious accolades from one of the industry’s most influential media sources,” said Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO, Ahana. “This is another validation of tremendous growth in users of the open source Presto project and the innovation of Ahana Cloud for Presto, which brings the power of the most powerful open source distributed SQL query engine to any organization.”

Ahana Cloud for Presto is the first and only cloud-native managed service for Presto on Amazon Web Services (AWS), giving customers complete control and visibility of clusters and their data. Presto is an open source distributed SQL query engine for data analytics. With Ahana Cloud, the power of Presto is now accessible to any data team of any size and skill level.

A team of CRN editors compiled this year’s Big Data 100 list by identifying IT vendors that have consistently made technical innovation a top priority through their offering of products and services for business analytics, systems and platforms, big data management and integration tools, database systems, and data science and machine learning. Over the years, the Big Data 100 list has become an invaluable resource for solution providers that trust CRN to help them find vendors that specialize in data intelligence, insights, and analytics.

“IT vendors featured on CRN’s 2021 Big Data 100 list have demonstrated a proven ability to bring much-needed innovation, insight and industry expertise to the solution providers and customers that need it most,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “I am honored to recognize these companies for their unceasing commitment toward elevating and improving the ways businesses gain value from their data.”

The 2021 Big Data 100 list is available online at https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/the-big-data-100-2021

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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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 Welcomes Satish Ramakrishnan as VP, Engineering to Senior Management Team

Ramakrishnan brings deep SaaS and data management expertise to Presto managed service to lead engineering and technical operations

San Mateo, Calif. – April 7, 2021 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today the appointment of Satish Ramakrishnan as VP, Engineering, reporting to Steven Mih, Cofounder and CEO. He will head up engineering and technical operations with a focus on advancing Ahana’s vision of simplifying ad hoc analytics for organizations of all shapes and sizes.  

“Satish’s appointment is an important and high-impact addition to the senior team as we expand the capabilities of the industry’s first Presto managed service,” said Mih. “As vice president of engineering, Satish will be integral to helping build out Ahana Cloud for Presto to bring the power of the most powerful open source distributed SQL query engine to any organization. He brings extensive management, technical and organizational leadership to Ahana and has an excellent track record of building high-performing teams and data management services that deliver incredible value.”

“I look forward to helping deliver on Ahana’s vision of bringing the power of Presto to data platform teams of all sizes,” said Ramakrishnan. “From my first meetings with the Ahana team, I knew this was an incredible opportunity to be involved in one of the most popular analytics engines today. I am excited to continue building the managed service platform that delivers on and exceeds customers’ expectations.” 

Satish brings over 22 years of executive experience to Ahana with deep expertise in developing data-focused SaaS services on public cloud providers, including AWS and Google Cloud Platform. Prior to Ahana, Satish was the EVP Engineering at Reltio running engineering and technical operations, where he managed the continued innovation and stabilization of their market leading Master Data Management platform while ensuring revenue growth and operating margin improvement. He has held VP positions at startups like RiseSmart, PointCast, CoreObjects, etc. as well as at large enterprises like BEA and Comcast. At Comcast, he founded the Silicon Valley Innovation Lab where he took an idea from a piece of paper all the way through launch, which became part of the Comcast “Triple Play” offering. Satish holds a B.E. in Computer Science from Mysore University.

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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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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 Announces New Capabilities for Its Presto Managed Service Including Data Lake Caching, Security and Seamless Operations

Caching advancements improve query performance up to 5x for complex workloads making Ahana the most advanced cloud service for Presto

San Mateo, Calif. – March 24, 2021 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today at PrestoCon Day significant updates to its Ahana Cloud for Presto managed service. The major areas of focus include performance, better cluster management, ease of use, and security. One of the key features is the data lake IO caching capability that can dramatically improve query performance, reducing latencies up to 80%. 

“Our latest innovations make Ahana Cloud the fastest and most advanced cloud native managed service available for Presto,” said Dipti Borkar, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana. “We have seen that advanced capabilities like data lake IO caching can improve query performance up to 5x for real-world concurrent query workloads. This, along with our new ease of use, security and cost management advancements, continue to extend Ahana’s leadership in the market, giving data platform teams more value using the power of Presto for faster insights, easier access, and lower costs. 

“We knew we wanted to use Presto to query all of our AWS data sources, but we found it challenging to manage it on our own in the cloud,” said Omar Mohamed, Data Engineer, Cartona. “Ahana Cloud made it possible for our team to deliver real-time analytics with Presto without having to worry about the complexities. We look forward to doing even more with Ahana’s latest set of capabilities.”

Ahana Cloud for Presto features new capabilities, including:

Performance improvements

  • Data lake IO Caching – Ahana Cloud for Presto is the only cloud-native managed service for Presto and with the new data lake IO caching capability, is now also the only Presto plus caching service for users. Data lake IO caching, built on the RubiX open source project, eliminates the need to read data from data lakes like AWS S3, particularly if the same data is read over and over. Today, Ahana Cloud users can easily enable data lake caching with the click of a button when creating a new Presto cluster. The rest, including attaching SSDs and sizing the cache based on the user selected instance type, is all done automatically. Ahana has also open sourced this feature for the Presto community, which will be available in the upcoming PrestoDB release.
  • Pre-tuned Presto cluster capability – New clusters now come pre-tuned with even more advanced features enabled, including the Cost-based Optimizer and Dynamic Filtering Capabilities which can improve performance, particularly for complex queries, as well as memory tuning to enable best out-of-the-box performance of Presto.

Ease of use – A range of major improvements have been added that make Ahana Cloud the easiest service for Presto on AWS. 

  • Automated and versioned upgrades of Ahana Compute Plane – Versioning and upgrade infrastructure brings users disruption-free upgrades – new features are automatically made available to users. 
  • Ability to deploy different instance types for Presto coordinator and workers, as well as Ahana-managed Hive Metastore Catalog – This brings users flexibility to use Presto for a range of workloads and customize resources provisioned as needed. 
  • Customized IP block allocation for the Ahana-managed Virtual Private Cloud – Allows users with more restrictive networking environments to use Presto in the cloud
  • Support for asynchronous query execution with Apache Superset in the Ahana Compute Plane – Ahana manages Apache Superset so that administrators can query and validate that clusters are available for their data teams. Now they can run long running queries with Apache Superset as well. Ahana manages and automates the deployment of the infrastructure required for these query to run asynchronously to reduce the time platform teams spend on infrastructure  
  • One click creation of AWS provisioning roles and policies needed with an AWS CloudFormation Template – This dramatically simplifies setting up the initial cross-account access between Ahana and the user’s AWS account. 

Security

  • Significantly tighter policies and advanced AWS tagging for all Ahana-managed resources in the user’s account – Ahana’s managed service is deployed in the user’s AWS account, which enables compute to be deployed where the data is without the need for customer data to ever touch Ahana Cloud. With the latest improvements, the policies needed for Ahana management of the compute plane are even tighter and each resource managed by Ahana on behalf of the user is explicitly tagged. This makes the Ahana environment completely isolated and independent from any other user-managed resources.
  • Integration of Ahana Compute plane with AWS CloudTrail, including log validation – AWS CloudTrail is a service that enables governance, compliance, operational auditing, and risk auditing of your AWS account. Now with Ahana’s integration with CloudTrail, you can log, continuously monitor, and retain Ahana-administered account activity and actions across your AWS infrastructure. 

Other new upcoming capabilities in Ahana Cloud for Presto, include:

  • Advanced security with the Apache Ranger integration – You can now use your centralized security administration for fine-grained access control to your Presto clusters. This capability has also been contributed to Presto open source, making it the first open integration for Presto and Apache Ranger. 
  • Better cost management for Presto clusters – Your Presto cluster automatically reduces the number of worker nodes to a single node when the query engine is idle for a certain time. In addition, Ahana can scale clusters up and down based on CPU utilization.
  • Programmatic access to cluster management – Create, start, stop and resize your Presto clusters using our REST API. 

“The convergence of the data warehouse and data lake continues to be a growing trend, and Presto is one of the few technologies that enables ad hoc analytics for a unified analytics approach,” said John Santaferraro, Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates. “Based on interviews, EMA sees the Presto open-source community as vibrant and actively accelerating the value of open source software. Ahana Cloud makes Presto accessible to data platform teams of all sizes so they can use SQL to analyze all of their different data stores.”

Together, these new capabilities help to solidify Ahana Cloud’s position as the only provider of Presto in the cloud and give platform teams of all sizes more capabilities to easily deploy Presto at scale in the cloud.

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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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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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PrestoCon Day Showcases Momentum of Presto Community, Features Industry Leaders Sharing Use Cases and Best Practices

Popular session topics include the Presto and Apache Iceberg Connector by Twitter and the Presto, Today & Beyond panel with Ahana, Uber and Facebook

San Mateo, Calif. – March 17, 2021 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today their participation in PrestoCon Day, a day dedicated to all things PrestoDB taking place on Wednesday, March 24th. 

Following last year’s massively successful PrestoCon that had hundreds of global attendees and over 20 sessions, PrestoCon Day is a day-long event for the PrestoDB community by the PrestoDB community. In addition to being a premier sponsor of the event, Ahana will be participating in four sessions; two Ahana customers, Carbon and Cartona, will also be presenting their Presto use cases.

“PrestoCon Day will feature a lot of the work that core Presto engineers have been building over the past six months, and we’re looking forward to sharing that with the community,” said Dipti Borkar, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana, Program Chair of PrestoCon and Chair of the Presto Foundation Outreach Committee. “In addition to the biggest internet companies like Facebook, Uber and Twitter speaking, we’ll also have modern day SaaS companies presenting how they’re leveraging the power of Presto on AWS with Ahana. We’re thrilled to host an event for the Presto community that helps members, new and seasoned, connect with one another.”

“Presto Foundation was created to accelerate and foster the adoption of Presto, and PrestoCon Day is an important event for the community to showcase its project momentum, usage and advancements,” said Chris Aniszczyk, Vice President, Developer Relations, The Linux Foundation. “We look forward to the conference and bringing the Presto community together for a day of collaboration and community-building.”

Ahana customers speaking at PrestoCon

  • How Carbon uses PrestoDB in the Cloud with Ahana to Power its Real-time Customer Dashboards by Jordan Hoggart, Data Engineer at Carbon
  • Presto on AWS using Ahana Cloud at Cartona by Omar Latif, Data Engineer at Cartona

Ahana sessions at PrestoCon

  • Simplifying Preston on AWS with Ahana Cloud Managed Service by Dipti Borkar, Cofounder & Chief Product Officer at Ahana
  • Using Presto’s BigQuery Connector for Better Performance and Ad-hoc Query in the Cloud by George Wang, Principal Software Engineer at Ahana and Roderick Yao, Product Manager at Google

Panels at PrestoCon 

  • The Presto Ecosystem with speakers from Preset, Apache Hudi, and Apache Pinot, moderated by Dipti Borkar, Cofounder & Chief Product Officer at Ahana
  • Presto, Today & Beyond featuring David Simmen, Cofounder and CTO at Ahana along with speakers from Uber and Facebook, moderated by Dipti Borkar, Cofounder & Chief Product Officer at Ahana

Additionally, industry leaders Facebook, Uber, Twitter and Alibaba will be sharing the latest innovation in the Presto project, including the Prism Presto Gateway Service (Uber), Petabyte Scale Log Analysis (Alibaba), Presto and Apache Iceberg (Twitter), and a Presto State of the Union (Facebook). 

View all the sessions in the full program schedule

PrestoCon Day is a free virtual event and registration is open. Additionally, Ahana is hosting a hands-on virtual lab the day prior to PrestoCon to help Presto users get up and running on AWS. 

Other Resources

PrestoCon Day registration

PrestoCon Day Program Schedule

Virtual Lab: Setting up your AWS S3 data lake and querying it with Presto

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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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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 Cofounders Make Data Predictions for 2021

Open Analytics, Open Source, Multi-Cloud and Federated, Disaggregated Stack Rise to the Top 

San Mateo, Calif. – January 6, 2021 Ahana’s Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Dipti Borkar, and Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Dave Simmen predict major developments in cloud, data analytics, databases and data warehousing in 2021. 

As the shift to the cloud and multi-cloud environments has become even greater during the past year hastened by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, new challenges have arisen when it comes to managing data and workloads. Companies want to keep their data secure in their own accounts and environments but still leverage the cloud for analytics. They want quick analytics on their data lakes. They also want to take advantage of containers for their applications across different cloud environments. 

Dipti Borkar, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, outlines the major trends she sees on the horizon in 2021:

  • Open Source for Analytics & AINext year will see a rise in usage of analytic engines like Presto and Apache Spark for AI applications because of its open nature – open source license, open format, open interfaces, and open cloud. 
  • Open Source for Open Analytics More technology companies will adopt an open source approach for analytics compared to the proprietary formats and technology lock-in that came with the traditional data warehousing. This open analytics stack uses open source Presto as the core engine; open formats such as JSON, Apache ORC, Apache Parquet and others; open interfaces such as standard JDBC / ODBC drivers to connect to any reporting / dashboarding / notebook tool and ANSI SQL compatibility; and is open cloud. 
  • Containerizing Workloads for Multi-Cloud EnvironmentsAs the importance of a multi-cloud approach has gained traction over the past year, next year more companies will run container workloads in their multi-cloud environments. To do that, they’ll need their compute processing to be multi-cloud ready and containerized out of the box, so choosing a compute framework will become even more critical for these workloads. Engines like Presto, which are multi-cloud ready and container friendly, will become the core engine of these multi-cloud containerized workloads.
  • Less Complexity, More Kubernetes-ity for SaaSContainers provide scalability, portability, extensibility and availability advantages, but managing them is not seamless and, in fact, is often a headache. Kubernetes takes that pain away for building, delivering and scaling containerized apps. 2021 will bring more managed SaaS apps running on K8s, and those that are able to abstract the complexities of their platforms from users will emerge as the winners.
  • The New “In-VPC” Deployment ModelAs cloud adoption has become mainstream, companies are creating and storing the majority of their data in the cloud, especially in cost-efficient Amazon S3-based data lakes. To address data security concerns, these companies want to remain in their own Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). As a result, 2021 will bring in a new cloud-native architecture model for data-focused managed services, which I’m calling the “In-VPC” deployment model. It separates the control plane from the compute and data planes for better security and cleaner management.

Dave Simmen, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, outlines the major trends he sees on the horizon in 2021:

  • The Next Evolution of Analytics Brings a Federated, Disaggregated Stack – A federated, disaggregated stack that addresses the new realities of data is displacing the traditional data warehouse with its tightly coupled database. The next evolution of analytics foresees that a single database can no longer be the solution to support a wide range of analytics as data will be stored in both data lakes and a range of other databases. SQL analytics will be needed for querying both the data lake and other databases. We’ll see this new disaggregated stack become the dominant standard for analytics with SQL-based technologies like the Presto SQL query engine at the core, surrounded by notebooks like Jupyter and Zeppelin and BI tools like Tableau, PowerBI, and Looker.
  • SQL Is the New…SQL As companies shift their data infrastructure to a federated (one engine queries different sources), disaggregated (compute is separate from storage is separate from the data lake) stack, we’ll see traditional data warehousing and tightly coupled database architectures relegated to legacy workloads. But one thing will remain the same when it comes to this shift – SQL will continue to be the lingua franca for analytics. Data analysts, data engineers, data scientists and product managers along with their database admins will use SQL for analytics.

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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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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 Announces General Availability of Managed Service for Presto on AWS; Delivers Combined Solution with Intel to Drive Adoption of Open Data Lakes Analytics

San Mateo, Calif. – December 9, 2020 Ahana, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today the General Availability of Ahana Cloud for Presto, the first cloud-native managed service focused on Presto on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additionally, Ahana announced a go-to-market solution in collaboration with Intel via its participation in the Intel Disruptor Program to offer an Open Data Lake Analytics Accelerator Package for Ahana Cloud users that leverages Intel Optane on the cloud with 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. In addition to the platform’s use of Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS) and a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) pricing model in AWS Marketplace, the new release includes enhanced manageability, security and integrations via AWS Marketplace.

 Ahana Cloud for Presto includes: 

  • Easy-to-use Ahana SaaS Console for creation, deployment and management of multiple Presto clusters within a user’s AWS account bringing the compute to user’s data 
  • Support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database (Amazon RDS) for MySQL, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL and Amazon Elasticsearch 
  • Click-button integration for user-managed Hive Metastores and Amazon Glue
  • Built-in hosted Hive Metastore that manages metadata for data stored in Amazon S3 data lakes 
  • Pre-integrated and directly queryable Presto query log and integrations with Amazon CloudWatch 
  • Cloud-native, highly scalable and available containerized environment deployed on Amazon EKS

“With Ahana Cloud being generally available, the power of Presto is now accessible to any data team of any size and skill level. By abstracting away the complexities of deployment, configuration and management, platform teams can now deploy ‘self-service’ Presto for open data lake analytics as well as analytics on a range of other data sources,” said Dipti Borkar, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana. “Users are looking for analytics without being locked-in to proprietary data warehouses. This offering brings a SaaS open source analytics option to users with Presto at its core, using open formats and open interfaces.”

“As Ahana Cloud users, we saw from day one the value the platform brings to our engineering team,” said Kian Sheik, Data Engineer, ReferralExchange. “Within about an hour we were up and running Presto queries on our data, without having to worry about Presto under the covers. With out-of-the-box integrations with a Hive data catalog and no configurations needed, Ahana Cloud takes care of the intricacies of the system, allowing our team to focus on deriving actionable insights on our data.”

Ahana also announced its participation in the Intel Disruptor Program to drive the adoption of Open Data Lake Analytics. Together, Ahana and Intel will offer an Open Data Lake Analytics Accelerator Package, available for Ahana Cloud users that leverage Intel Optane on AWS. It includes special incentives and PAYGO pricing. An Open Data Lake Analytics approach is a technology stack that includes open source, open formats, open interfaces, and open cloud, a preferred approach for companies that want to avoid proprietary formats and technology lock-in that come with traditional data warehouses. The offering is aimed at improving joint customers’ experience of running Presto in the cloud to help power the next generation of analytics use cases.

“We look forward to working with Ahana and helping bring this compelling open data lake analytic solution to market,” said Arijit Bandyopadhyay, CTO of enterprise analytics & AI within Intel’s data platform group. “As more companies require data to be queried across many different data sources like Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS, Presto will become even more mission critical. Intel Optane coupled with the Ahana Cloud platform provides superior analytical performance and ease of use for Presto, enabling data-driven companies to query data in place for open data lake analytics.”

Availability and Pricing
Ahana Cloud for Presto is available in AWS Marketplace, with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud to be added in the future. Ahana Cloud for Presto is elastically priced based on usage, with PAYGO and annual options via AWS Marketplace, starting from $0.25 per Ahana cloud credit. 

The Ahana/Intel Open Data Lakes Accelerator Package is available today via an AWS Marketplace Private Offer.

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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. Ahana is a premier member of Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation and actively contributes to the open source PrestoDB project. 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 Wins Best Big Data Startup in Fifth Annual Datanami Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

Datanami Awards Given to Leaders in the Big Data and Data Science Communities

San Mateo, CA – October 22, 2020 AhanaTM, the self-service analytics company for Presto, announced today it has been recognized in the fifth annual Datanami Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. Ahana was awarded Editors’ Choice: Best Big Data Startup. Ahana provides the first cloud-native Managed Service for Presto 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).

The Datanami Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards recognizes the companies, products, and projects that have made a difference in the big data community this year. The list of this year’s winners were revealed on the Datanami website, located here: https://www.datanami.com/2020-datanami-readers-choice-awards/

“Ahana was founded to address the complexities inherent in providing open data lake analytics systems, where data platform engineers are left to operate many distributed systems, integrating components like the metadata catalog, multiple data sources, and visualization tools. Deploying and managing complex software in the cloud for this reason can be challenging,” said Steven Mih, cofounder and CEO, Ahana. “We are honored that Datanami editors recognized Ahana, our contributions to the PrestoDB open source project, and our ground-breaking cloud-native managed service to make data analytics easier than ever.”

“Years ago, we launched the Datanami Readers’ Choice Awards to give our readers a voice in honoring the best big data solutions in the market,” said Alex Woodie, Managing Editor of Datanami. “Today, as we continue this proud tradition, we are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards. I want to personally thank all of the Datanami readers who participated in the voting process and congratulate all of the 2020 RCA and ECA winners.” 

More information on these awards can be found at the Datanami website (www.datanami.com) or on Twitter through the following hashtag: #DatanamiAwards.

About Datanami

Datanami is one of the premier online portals covering big data, produced by Tabor Communications, Inc. (TCI) a leading international media, advertising and communications company dedicated to covering advance computing technologies for science, research and business. Datanami is a premier online portal covering big data. It is produced by Tabor Communications, Inc. Receive a complimentary subscription to the weekly Datanami e-newsletter by visiting datanami.com/subscribe. View daily news at www.datanami.com.

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 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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Early release of O’Reilly book “Learning and Operating Presto”

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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Ahana Welcomes Database Pioneer David E. Simmen to Executive Team as Chief Technology Officer

Former Splunk Fellow and Chief Architect & Teradata Fellow brings 30+ years of database expertise to lead technology innovation

San Mateo, CA — July 23, 2020Ahana, the SQL analytics company for Presto, today announced the appointment of David E. Simmen as Chief Technology Officer. Simmen will oversee the company’s technology strategy while driving product innovation. His extensive database experience will further accelerate Ahana’s vision of simplifying ad hoc analytics for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

“Dave has a remarkable record of innovation in distributed databases, data federation and advanced analytics. That, coupled with his over 30 years of architecting and building in the field, is nothing short of impressive,” said Steven Mih, Co-founder & CEO of Ahana. “His experience innovating distributed database technology with Splunk, Teradata and IBM provides Ahana the depth needed for truly groundbreaking development to achieve our vision of unified, federated analytics. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Dave at the helm as CTO and Co-founder.”

Simmen joined Ahana most recently from Apple where he engineered iCloud database services. Prior to Apple, he was Chief Architect with Splunk and named the first Fellow in the company’s history. There, he built Splunk’s multi-year technical roadmap and architecture in support of enterprise customers. Prior to Splunk, Simmen was Engineering Fellow and CTO of Teradata Aster where he set the technical direction and led the architecture team that built advanced analytics engines and storage capabilities in support of big data discovery applications.

Earlier in his career, Simmen was a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) at IBM Research adding innovations to DB2 like the IBM Starburst SQL compiler, support for MPP and SMP, database federation, and many more. Simmen is also a named inventor on 37 U.S. patents and has 15 publications to his name including Fundamental Techniques for Order Optimization, Robust Query Processing through Progressive Optimization, and Accelerating Big Data Analytics With Collaborative Planning.

“Given the spread of data across data lakes, data warehouses, and the plethora of relational and non-relational data services being offered today, the need for unified, federated analytics is only increasing. Presto is one of the most popular federated query engines but it’s missing fundamental optimizations developed over the decades by academic researchers and industry pioneers,” said Simmen. “That needs to be applied to Presto, making it even more powerful to eventually become the heart of the unified, federated analytical stack. I look forward to working with the Ahana team to turn this vision into reality.”

“In my time with Dave at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and then with the DB2 optimizer team at Silicon Valley Laboratory, I saw firsthand his technical expertise and his broader leadership skills,” said Dr. Laura Haas, Dean of College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst and retired IBM Fellow. Dean Haas is best known for her work on the Starburst query processor and Garlic, a federated engine. 

Dean Haas continued, “His combined leadership and technical depth is unparalleled, and it’s wonderful that he has joined Ahana to drive innovation for the next generation of data federation technology for analytics. I look forward to seeing his vision come to life in this space.”

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About Ahana

Ahana, the SQL analytics company for Presto, is focused on evangelizing the Presto community and bringing simplified ad hoc analytics offerings to market. As the Presto market continues to grow exponentially, Ahana’s mission is to enable unified, federated analytics. Founded in 2020, Ahana is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and operates as an all-remote company. Investors include GV and Leslie Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Ahana Announces Linux Foundation’s PrestoDB Now Available on AWS Marketplace and DockerHub

Ahana to provide community and commercial support for PrestoDB users 

San Mateo, CA — June 30, 2020Ahana, the Presto-based analytics company, announced today the availability of the completely open source PrestoDB Amazon Machine Image (AMI) on the AWS Marketplace as well as a PrestoDB container on DockerHub. The PrestoDB AMI is the first and only completely open source and completely free Presto offering available on the AWS Marketplace. These free PrestoDB offerings make it significantly easier for data platform teams to get started with Presto in the cloud particularly for interactive, ad hoc analytics on S3 data lakes and other popular data sources like AWS RDS, Redshift, Amazon’s Elasticsearch service and others. 

Additionally, Ahana will provide commercial support for users who require technical help and management of their container or AMI-based PrestoDB clusters.

PrestoDB is a federated SQL 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. 

“We’re looking forward to making it easier for the Presto community to get started with Presto,” said Dipti Borkar, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Ahana and Outreach Committee Chairwoman of the Presto Foundation. “This is the first and only fully open source version of Presto that’s available on the AWS Marketplace, and we hope to see continued growth and adoption of PrestoDB as the federated query engine of choice for analytics across data lakes and database.”

In addition to the PrestoDB AMI and container, new Presto Sandbox offerings are also available to users getting started with Presto. These include a new Sandbox AMI on the AWS Marketplace and a Sandbox container on DockerHub. They come preconfigured with the Hive Metastore catalog to allow users to query data easily from S3, MySQL and other data sources as well as with built-in data sets like the TPC-DS benchmark data.

The new AWS AMIs and container offerings are yet another way for PrestoDB users to install and get started with the software. Other options include manual installation and using Homebrew. All variations offer PrestoDB as a completely open source technology.

“Having tracked the data space for more than two decades, I’ve seen wave after wave of innovation. What Presto brings to the table is something we’ve long sought: an efficient engine for federated queries across widely disparate datasets,” noted Eric Kavanagh, CEO of The Bloor Group. “This allows organizations to retain their investments in databases, data warehouses, data lakes, and so-called lake houses, while expediting and amplifying business value. The approach Ahana is taking around making PrestoDB easier to use and providing commercial support are key pieces in helping widen the adoption of the technology.” 

Two Presto offerings, one name

Despite similar names, PrestoDB and PrestoSQL are two different offerings. While other variations of Presto are available on the marketplace like the Starburst Data AMI (based on PrestoSQL), they are paid offerings with proprietary features. The PrestoDB AMI, on the other hand, is 100% open source and available for use in production immediately. 

As the original project that came out of Facebook in 2013, PrestoDB is hosted under the auspices of the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation. The PrestoSQL fork was announced in 2019 and is backed by the Presto Software Foundation, led by the original creators of Presto who left Facebook.

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About Ahana

Ahana, the Presto-based analytics company, is the only company focused on unifying the PrestoDB community and bringing PrestoDB-focused ad-hoc analytics offerings to market. 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 and Leslie Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.

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Ahana Raises $2.25 Million Seed Funding Led by GV and Joins Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation

Ahana to focus on growing the Presto community to simplify ad-hoc analytics with PrestoDB federated SQL engine

San Mateo, CA — June 2, 2020Ahana, the Presto-based analytics company, announced today it has raised $2.25 million in funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) along with participation from Leslie Ventures and other angel investors. Additionally, Ahana has joined the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation. Ahana will use the funding to expand its technical team and deliver Presto-based analytics products. Founded during the Coronavirus pandemic, Ahana is a remote from the start company.

Co-founded by Steven Mih (formerly Couchbase, Aviatrix, Alluxio) and Dipti Borkar (formerly IBM, Couchbase, Alluxio), Ahana brings together decades of cloud, open source, database and distributed systems experience to be the only commercial company focused on PrestoDB, the project hosted by the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation. Presto has become one of the fastest growing open source projects in the data analytics space since Facebook open sourced the technology in 2013.

“The data analytics market is evolving, as enterprises look for new opportunities to manage analytical data cost-effectively and at scale. There is a pronounced movement away from expensive, highly-structured data warehouses to ‘data lakes’ of raw data,” said Dave Munichiello, General Partner, GV. “We see an opportunity in companies who power simple and efficient analysis of this type of raw data and are drawn to Ahana’s vision that leverages the rapidly-growing Presto open source project.” 

In 2019, Facebook donated the Presto project to the Linux Foundation to create the Presto Foundation along with founding members Uber, Twitter and Alibaba. Ahana has joined the Linux Foundation’s Presto Foundation as a premier member. Ahana plans to improve ease of use, documentation and foster growth of the community users of the PrestoDB GitHub repository. PrestoDB is the most popular Presto project based on GitHub stars as compared to forks of the project, like PrestoSQL. Only PrestoDB follows the Linux Foundation’s widely accepted approach to project governance and transparency. 

“As two of our earliest members, Steven and Dipti have been strong supporters of the Presto Foundation since its launch in September 2019,” said Brian Hsieh, Head of Uber Open Source and Chairperson, Presto Foundation Governing Board. “It is our honor to welcome their new company, Ahana, to the Presto Foundation. We look forward to working together to advance our shared mission of building a collaborative, neutrally governed and open community to foster the growth of the PrestoDB ecosystem for users worldwide.” 

Today’s data-driven enterprises require technologies like Presto to enable faster insights into data. Presto is a widely adopted federated SQL engine for data platform teams to perform ad-hoc querying of data in place. As the Presto market continues to grow, Ahana’s mission is to simplify ad-hoc analytics.

“Federated query engines simplify and unify data analytics on data anywhere. But of all the engines, Presto is the fastest for ad-hoc querying of data in-place and is highly extensible with its pluggable API,” said Dipti Borkar, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Ahana. “With data spread across many sources and in different formats, as well as the proliferation of a disaggregated compute and storage stack, the sacred data warehouse star schema is no longer in one place. Thus, a federated query engine will become the foundation of architecture to meet the needs of modern data teams.” 

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“At Facebook, we believe open source accelerates the pace of innovation. By sharing our code, our stack, our designs, we’re hoping to provide the foundation for companies and individuals alike to scale and build great products. On the Facebook open source team, we sometimes spin-out projects to the community so that they can grow under a neutral governance structure, with Presto being the latest example of this. We’re thrilled to see that Ahana and other companies have the opportunity to use PrestoDB to build great products and businesses,” said Amit Chopra, Facebook’s representative on the Presto Foundation Board.

“The Linux Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable, governed, open source ecosystems to greatly benefit users globally, like what we have achieved with CNCF and the Kubernetes project. Presto Foundation was created to accelerate and foster the adoption of Presto, the original project donated by Facebook,” said Chris Aniszczyk, Vice President of Developer Relations, The Linux Foundation. “We are excited to welcome Ahana to the Presto Foundation. As the first and only company focused on supporting Presto of the Presto Foundation, we look forward to their continued contributions in building a thriving Presto community.” 

“There is no doubt that the future of analytics is pre-ordained by the petabyte-scale data companies like Facebook, Uber, and Twitter, who all run large clusters of PrestoDB. As the first PrestoDB company focused on simplifying ad-hoc analytics, Ahana is poised to corner this new gigantic market,” said Mark Leslie, Managing Director of Leslie Ventures, and Ahana Advisor.  

“PrestoDB is exploding in popularity with users around the world. That, combined with Ahana’s vision of simplifying the ad-hoc analytics journey for users, is extremely promising,” said Bob Wiederhold, former Couchbase CEO and Ahana Advisor. “I look forward to working closely with the co-founders Steven Mih and Dipti Borkar as they rejoin the Presto Foundation and community. While various forks of the original PrestoDB project exist, only PrestoDB has true governance, transparency and vendor neutrality authenticated by the Presto Foundation, under the Linux Foundation.” 

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About Ahana

Ahana, the Presto-based analytics company, is the only company focused on unifying the PrestoDB community and bringing PrestoDB-focused ad-hoc analytics offerings to market. 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 and Leslie Ventures. Follow Ahana on LinkedIn, Twitter and PrestoDB Slack.