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Databricks, the company whose founders created the popular big data compute engine Apache Spark, has just closed $60m in C-round funding, bringing its total funding to $107.5m to date.


  • This note provides commentary on the emergence of Spark, and how Databricks is riding its popularity.

Features and Benefits

  • Reviews the results of the company's 2016 annual survey of Spark practitioners.
  • Analyzes how Databricks is riding the Spark wave, and paints a picture of the competitive landscape.

Key questions answered

  • What does the trajectory of the Databricks business mean for customers?
  • What does growing adoption of machine learning mean for Spark as a compute engine, and for Databricks as a provider of Spark computing services in the cloud?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Sparking the Spark wave
  • How Databricks is riding the wave
  • An increasingly crowded landscape
  • Machine-learning coopetition
  • Expanding the footprint


  • Further reading
  • Author

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