5 Data Warehousing Platforms You Probably Don’t Know About

If you haven’t heard about big data by now, you’re doing something wrong. It’s one of the biggest trends sweeping IT — and it’s driving some key decisions in business today.

Despite the usefulness of big data, those who collect, process and store this information face some significant challenges.

Data warehousing provides a solution to the big data problem. Not only does the service provide remote storage that is highly secure and accessible whenever it’s needed, but most providers also offer supplementary services.

Integrated data analytics, usage tracking and reporting are all common features of today’s data warehouses.

Some of the top data warehouse service providers include:

  • Amazon Redshift
  • Teradata
  • Oracle 12c
  • Informatica
  • IBM Infosphere

A roundup of some of the most popular service provider yields some familiar names — but they’re not the only players on the field.

In most cases, you can receive the same level of service — if not even more — from lesser-known data warehousing tools. The city of Philadelphia, for example, recently benefitted from the services of a local consulting firm in the launch of its Tax Delinquency Data Warehouse and Case Management System.

1. Segment

Segment provides data warehousing, analytics, alerts and compatibility with all the popular servers, cloud and mobile solutions.

It’s one of the most comprehensive services available today — and hardly anyone even knows about it. Segment also features plenty of additional features, such as accessibility, encryption, performance optimization, historical data and much more.

2. Alooma

Touted as a “data pipeline-as-a-service,” Alooma offers compatibility with other services like Redshift, Snowflake and BigQuery — but it’s not your average ETL (extract, transform and load) utility.

Not only does it provide greater visibility and control throughout the entire dataflow, but it also collates data from all your sources in a real-time visualization for maximum effectiveness.

3. Fivetran

One of the simplest programs on our list, Fivetran doesn’t require any configuration or maintenance on your behalf.

Complete the quick installation process — which is done in a matter of minutes — and you can connect all your applications and devices to a single, centralized repository in no time at all. It’s already used by the likes of Kickstarter and many more, and a free demo version is available for those who want to try it before they buy it.

4. Stitch

Stitch is meant for small and large enterprises alike. It offers several features that many of their competitors don’t, including support for multiple user accounts, selective data replication and a built-in extensibility platform for adding new, external data sources as needed.

Like the other options, it offers compatibility with most of the biggest data warehouses of today — including Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Snowflake and many more.

5. Etleap

Unlike the other solutions, Etleap is designed for Amazon’s Redshift environment. Its primary purpose is to simplify the process of data collection and collation by combining information from multiple, disparate sources into the Redshift platform.

Since it exists solely as a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, there’s no installation process or hefty files to maintain on your server. It’s one of the simplest and most effective tools available today.

How to Pick the Best Provider

While it’s easy to choose one of the bigger names and ignore the other options on the market, some of the alternatives are cheaper than and just as useful as their bigger counterparts.

Just because it comes from a recognizable manufacturer doesn’t necessarily mean it will meet your needs. There are plenty of smaller studios and customized solutions that will give you everything you want and more.

Image by Manuel Geissinger

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes about technology and gadgets for Motherboard, MakeUseOf and The Gadget Flow. To read more posts by Kayla, check out her blog Productivity Bytes.