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Where We Sit in the Stack
Volt Active Data is a data platform built to make your entire tech stack leaner, faster, and less expensive, so that your applications (and your company) can scale seamlessly to meet the ultra-low latency SLAs of 5G, IoT, edge computing, and whatever comes next.
Designed to augment your existing big data investments, such as NoSQL, Hadoop, Kubernetes, Kafka, and traditional databases or data warehouses, Volt Active Data replaces the various layers typically required to make contextual decisions on streaming data with a single, unified layer that can handle ingest to action in less than 10 milliseconds.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 'Active Data'?
ACTIVE (Adjective) = Engaged in action; Being in a state of progress or motion; Having the power of quick motion.
The world is full of data that’s generated, stored, forgotten, and then deleted. “Active Data” is data that needs to be acted on immediately to gain business value from it. There are lots of traditional and NoSQL data storage products that you can use to keep such data. There’s also data that you can make money from, if only you can act on it fast enough to ‘influence the moment’. If such data is part of a very simple situation you can probably handle it with stateless components. But if you need to allocate finite, shared resources or otherwise keep track of state while responding to your Active Data then you need the Volt Active Data Platform.
Having an active data platform means you act on data while it still has maximum value and impact for your business. However, you can only do that if you can bring together every data processing component you need to control real-world events and make real-time business decisions at 5G speed and scale. That’s the power of active data and Volt’s active data platform—rather than simply reacting to data, you can start responding to it.
Is Volt Active Data a database?
While Volt Active Data does have its roots as an in-memory database, since we do a lot more than just store and provide access to data, we consider ourselves to be a lot more than just a database: we consider ourselves to be a data platform.
Volt Active Data is a tool for storing, accessing, analyzing and, most importantly, ACTING ON data in real time, at the crucial moment it needs to be acted upon. It combines the velocity of stream processing with the state-based consistency of an operational in-memory database and the decisioning intelligence of advanced analytics. So, applications can ingest high velocity data feeds from multiple sources, enrich that data with historical insights, and trigger an immediate and meaningful action
Is Volt Active Data a BSS?
No. Volt Active Data is not a business support system (BSS) or a BSS-related application. However, Volt Active Data does support the building and deploying of powerful BSS and OSS applications via the enablement of sub 10-millisecond decisioning.
What systems does Volt Active Data integrate with?
Volt Active Data seamlessly integrates with all of the major database technology systems, including queuing systems such as Kafka, containerization systems such as Kubernetes, and big data storage systems such as Apache Hadoop.
However, while Volt Active Data was designed to become a part of your tech stack and work well with any layer, it was also designed to be able to empower enterprises to simplify their stacks and eventually run everything through Volt to significantly decrease latency and the potential for downtime.
Why is sub 10-millisecond decisioning so important?
The advent, proliferation, and combination of 5G and IOT has significantly raised the bar around latency. Because there’s now so much more data to deal with than ever before, things now need to happen much faster than ever before. Your applications can no longer afford to send data to a lake or warehouse for processing, because in the time it takes to make that trip, the opportunity to either upsell a customer or prevent fraud has been lost. If 250 millisecond is the new gold standard for something to “happen” (ie, such as a page loading or a financial transaction going through), then the decisioning part of that process needs to happen in under 10 milliseconds. VotlDB is the ONLY data platform capable of such speeds.
ACID? SQL? This sounds like you’re talking about old school legacy technology. Is that what you are?
No. What we are is new-school technology incorporating the best and most currently relevant “old school” attributes. The truth is that most of our customers come to us after experiencing quite a lot of headaches—and heartache—with their legacy databases, which simply can’t keep up with the data volume, variety, and velocity that 5G and IoT throw at them.
Most NoSQL databases are fast in part because they simply don’t do transactions in the traditional RDBMS sense, and went to market being clear on this point. Over time, we’re now seeing NoSQL vendors attempt to retrofit ACID transactions with varying degrees of success, and with many caveats and creative re-definitions of the term. This is because as NoSQL users broaden their use cases, they find that not only do they need ACID transactions, but that getting developers to implement them is a time consuming and risky activity. Volt Active Data was designed from the ground up to handle large numbers of transactions at a time.
Likewise with SQL. As applications scale and become more complicated, the need for standard data structures and a standard way to manipulate them becomes increasingly urgent. That’s why many NoSQL vendors who started out as pure document or key-value databases are now either erecting SQL facades or coming up with a query language whose name ends in ‘QL’. Volt Active Data anticipated this and has been SQL all along.
You talk a lot about speed. What about scale?
For us, speed and scale are the same thing. That is, the problems enterprises have with scaling their database-related use cases ultimately come down to SPEED. They can be fast but only at certain data volumes. Or—they can scale easily and affordably but only if they are willing to sacrifice some latency and do everything slower.
Volt Active Data offers horizontal scalability to support the increasing volume and variety of data, without compromising on latency. Scaling only vertically—ie, by adding CPU cores—very quickly puts your applications into trouble with latency and uptime because of the overhead involved and the extra data center trips your data packets have to make. As an in-memory data platform, Volt Active Data is optimized for both horizontal and vertical scaling because it’s not bound to disk and can use partitioning to scale horizontally and multi-core support to scale vertically.