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Founded October 2011
  • Ashish Thusoo
  • Joydeep Sen Sarma
Headquarters Mountain View, California, United States
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
  • Ashish Thusoo, CEO
  • Joydeep Sen Sarma, President of QuBole India
Website qubole.com

Qubole is a cloud-based[1] Big Data as a service[2] developer. The company's flagship product, Qubole Data Service, manages Hadoop infrastructure and allows users to prepare, integrate, and analyze big data in the cloud.[3] The company was launched in June 2012 by co-founders Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma.[4] It is headquartered in Mountain View, California[3] and has an office in Bangalore, India.[5] Qubole has received $7 million in venture capital from investors including Charles River Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners.[4] On December 11, 2014, Qubole announced they raised Series B funding of $13 million led by Norwest Ventures Partners


Qubole was founded in October 2011[6] by Ashish Thusoo and Joydeep Sen Sarma.[4] Thusoo and Sarma were formerly senior big data engineers at Facebook, where they worked from 2007-2011.[4] While at Facebook, they created the social network's big data infrastructure and Apache Hive.[7] Thusoo also managed Facebook's internal data analytics team[1] and served as project lead for Hive with the Apache Software Foundation for a year.[4] Qubole launched in June 2012.[4]

The company closed its series A venture funding round in April 2013.[8] The round was led by Charles River Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners.[8] Individual angel investors included Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaram.[9] The company announced it had raised a collective $7 million between its seed and series A funding rounds.[8] Qubole expanded its platform to Google Compute Engine in December 2013.[10] It began offering Presto-as-a-service a month later.[11] On December 11, 2014, Qubole announced they raised Series B funding of $13 million led by Norwest Ventures Partners. On February 18, 2015, Qubole announced they now provide Spark query as a service

Business overview[edit]

Qubole's flagship project is Qubole Data Service (QDS), a managed cloud-based Hadoop platform.[3] QDS works with both structured and unstructured data utilizing Apache software components such as Hive, MapReduce, Oozie, Pig, Presto, Spark and Sqoop.[3][5] Qubole has also released a Python software development kit for building applications in Python that integrate QDS with other tools and applications.[12]

QDS has a user interface that allows users to analyze data sets without knowing Hadoop system management.[4] The platform also allows users to integrate and consolidate data from multiple sources.[9] It is fully elastic[7] and automatically scales or contracts clusters based on workload.[3][13]


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  4. ^ a b c d e f g Derrick Harris (2013-04-23). "Hadoop startup Qubole raises $7M for Hive as a Service". Gigaom. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  5. ^ a b Amrita Premrajan (2013-08-09). "11 innovative Big Data startups founded by Indian entrepreneurs". Information Week. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  6. ^ Bhasker Gupta (2012-07-22). "Joydeep Sen Sarma, Co-Founder and Head at Qubole India". Analytics India Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  7. ^ a b Hayden Richards (2013-12-15). "Qubole offers Big Data killer App As A Service for Google Cloud Platform". Intelligent HQ. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  8. ^ a b c Cromwell Schubarth (2013-04-23). "Ex-Facebook Big Data engineers' startup Qubole raises $7M". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  9. ^ a b Anand Rai (2013-04-24). "Big Data startup Qubole raises $7M in Series A from Charles River Ventures, Lightspeed and others". VCCircle. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  10. ^ Michael Hausenblas (2013-12-28). "Hadoop-as-a-Service Provider Qubole Now Runs on Google Compute Engine". Info Queue. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  11. ^ Derrick Harris (2014-01-10). "Qubole is offering Facebook’s Presto query engine as a service". Gigaom. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  12. ^ "5 Brilliant Big Data Startups from India". The TechPanda. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  13. ^ Vance McCarthy. "Qubole Previews Cloud-Based Platform for Auto-Scaling Big Data". Integration Developer News. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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