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Atlas Venture and Matrix Partners invest in sqrrl

Atlas Venture and Matrix Partners have invested in sqrrl, the company focused on security, scalability and adaptability for Big Data.

Chris Lynch of Atlas and Antonio Rodriguez of Matrix will join the company’s board of directors.

sqrrl’s seed round will enable the company to aggressively hire to meet the rising demand for secure, scalable, and adaptable Big Data products and fuel the release of an enterprise version of Apache Accumulo that extends the core technology.

"The sqrrl team is an awesome group of people that knows Big Data and knows security," says Lynch. "Their impressive experience, technical strength, and the maturity of Accumulo will help solve a number of core problems in the Big Data ecosystem. I am excited to introduce them to the vibrant Massachusetts Big Data community as my first venture capital investment."

"Everyone wants to bring all of their data together to drive key insights, but because of security, privacy, legal, policy, regulatory, and/or compliance constraints this simply hasn’t been possible," says Oren J. Falkowitz, co-founder and chief executive of sqrrl. "sqrrl frees users to fully utilise all of the data available to them. By enabling companies to access and make sense of data at massive scale extremely quickly, data can now really drive decisions."

sqrrl’s products are focused on Apache Accumulo, a distributed key/value store based on Google’s Big Table design. sqrrl’s core engineering team members architected and developed Apache Accumulo within the National Security Agency and have focused on extending it ever since its release at the end of 2011 as an open source project within the Apache Software Foundation.

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