In 2009 our founder, Edouard Alligand, started to study distributed database systems as he was working on a data problem for a large bank. A value at risk (VaR) project was creating massive stress on the database systems.
The NoSQL and Hadoop hype was rising, and there were preliminary works on NewSQL databases. Edouard felt neither of these systems could solve the following problem: instant results on a petascale dataset with reasonable resource usage.
Beyond that specific project, there was a vision: business insights are hidden in plain sight within a tsunami of data. By lowering the cost of large-scale data storage and processing, we can leverage Automated Intelligence (AI) in every aspect of the economy, fueling a new growth phase.