Each year, Gartner research analysts select only a handful of innovative and imaginative companies from hundreds of technology companies for the prestigious Gartner Cool Vendors list. This week Ryft was honored to be named a Gartner Cool Vendor in DBMS for 2016 for creating products that enable converged SSD-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) and hybrid FPGA/x86 computing to extract more relevant insights from big data, faster than ever before.

Why is Ryft a cool vendor? Simply put: we have the right solution, at the right time. A recent Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2016 report named hardware acceleration as a top priority for powering the new world of digital and algorithmic business. According to the report, more advanced appliances will be needed to enable the new world of digital business with the next-level performance, efficiency and power to process large amounts of data in a very small form factor. This is what Gartner calls the Advanced System Architecture:

“The digital mesh and smart machines require intense computing architecture demands to make them viable for organizations. They’ll get this added boost from ultra-efficient-neuromorphic architectures…..FPGA-based architecture will allow further distribution of algorithms into smaller form factors, with considerably less electrical power in the device mesh, thus allowing advanced machine learning capabilities to be proliferated into the tiniest IoT endpoints, such as homes, cars, wristwatches and even human beings.”

To capitalize on all of the new sources of data today a completely new IT reality is required, and the key to this reality is an area that Ryft is addressing. With breakthrough performance and efficiency, only Ryft products can extract actionable insights in real-time from any type of data—whether it’s structured, unstructured, multi-structured, batch or streaming. Ryft products are so powerful that they enable never-before-possible capabilities such as near-instant fuzzy search and matching using a broader set search criteria, all without indexing. With new advanced search and analysis capabilities, users have a faster, easier way to quickly spot trends in data, identify anomalies, inform decision-making and speed important new discoveries.

The Appliance of the Future
Is FPGA-acceleration the key to the computing architectures of the future? We’ve discussed this before and certainly believe so for latency-sensitive data-centric applications like smart retail, compliance monitoring, fraud prevention and other real-time intelligence use cases. The recognition from Gartner shows that we aren’t the only ones. In fact, the report maintains that extracting maximum performance from new generations of silicon—like FPGAs—will transform the computing landscape in the coming 12-18 months, unlocking important new capabilities:

“FPGA-based architecture will allow further distribution of algorithms into smaller form factors, with considerably less electrical power in the device mesh, thus allowing advanced machine learning capabilities to be proliferated into the tiniest IoT endpoints, such as homes, cars, wristwatches and even human beings.”

At Ryft, we figured this out almost ten years ago as we developed the fastest data analytics products for very specific, latency-sensitive uses. It was always clear that only FPGA-accelerated appliances were going to deliver the performance, efficiency and cost-savings needed to get the insights needed—when they are needed—from data. And that’s even more essential in the evolving world of the Internet of Things.

To learn more about speeding and streamlining your data analytics ecosystem, download a recent Bloor Group report discussing the topic. Or, sign up for a free trial to see the advanced analytics capabilities the Ryft ONE makes possible for yourself.

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