Nutanix co-founder launches ThoughtSpot, an appliance for analytics


Ajeet Singh is sticking with what worked for him at Nutanix — the fast-growing enterprise compute-plus-storage company he co-founded in 2009 — with a new business intelligence startup called ThoughtSpot. It’s in-memory analytics software designed for ease of use, but delivered on as an appliance, theoretically to save customers the need to buy their own servers or install anything on them.

ThoughtSpot wants to be the « last mile » for business data, Singh explained in a recent interview, and the company believes the appliance model, the popularity of which seems to ebb and flow every few years, is the way to go. The ThoughtSpot Data Search Appliance is comprised of just off-the-shelf gear — there are no specialty components you might find in an Oracle or Teradata appliance, for example, and ThoughtSpot doesn’t have a hardware engineer on staff — but the company did consider the popularity of those larger…

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