Top 10 Big Data Pure-Plays

Wikibon published recently the “Big Data Vendor Revenue and Market Forecast 2013-2017” report which lists more than 70 big data vendors with total 2013 revenues of $18.6 billion, growing at an annual rate of 58%. Here are the top ten big data vendors that derived 100% of their 2013 revenues from big data products and services (and Wikibon’s estimates for 2012 revenues):

Palantir                        $418 million    ($191 million in 2012; revised from original estimate of $78 million)

Pivotal                         $300                    (a new listing in this year’s report)

Splunk                         $283                   ($186)

Mu Sigma                   $160                   ($114)

Actian                          $138                   ($46)

Opera Solutions       $124                     ($118)

Mark Logic                 $96                      ($69)

Syncsort                      $75                     (new)

Cloudera                    $73                      ($56; revised from $61)

MongoDB                   $62                      (36)

Source: Wikibon 2014

Palantir, which former CIA chief David Petraeus described to FORBES as “a better mousetrap when a better mousetrap was needed,” more than doubled its revenues last year, in addition to raising more than $300 million in funding. New on the list this year are Pivotal, a new entity consisting of EMC’s and VMware’s big data-related assets, and Syncsort, founded in 1968 as a developer of mainframe software, but recently focusing on big data-related tools. MongoDB, a developer of a document-oriented database which raised $150 million in 2013, was formerly known as 10gen.  Cloudera, one of the most prominent companies in the big data space, fell far short of its previous performance of doubling its revenues each year.

Wikibon defines big data as “data sets whose size, type, and speed-of-creation make them impractical to process and analyze with traditional database technologies and related tools in a cost- or time-effective way.”

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