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March 14th, 2024
Ocient Secures $49.4 Million to Power the Growth of its Energy Efficient Data Analytics Solutions

CHICAGO- Ocient, the leading data analytics software solutions company, today announced that it has closed $49.4 million in funding. This latest raise is an extension of Ocient’s Series B financing, previously led by Greycroft and OCA Ventures, and includes new venture investors Buoyant Ventures, Levy Family Partners, Riverwalk Capital, and Wolf Capital Management, as well as all prior major investors. This latest raise will be used to advance product capabilities and deliver successful hyperscale data analytics solutions to Ocient’s growing global customer base. Including this current round, Ocient has raised a total of $119 million in invested capital since its founding in 2016.

Ocient saw 109% YoY growth in revenue in its last fiscal year as more organizations seek end-to-end software solutions capable of delivering all-the-time, compute-intensive analysis of large, complex datasets while optimizing for performance, cost, and energy efficiency. The startup also made its debut in the GigaOm Radar for Data Warehouses report, named as a Fast Mover and Challenger in its inaugural placement. Ocient’s Compute Adjacent Storage Architecture™ (CASA), which removes network bottlenecks to facilitate rapid data access, was called out as a key strength for the disruptor, along with its always-on loading and data transformations (ETL/ELT), Zero Copy Reliability™ and in-database OcientML™ and OcientGeo™ capabilities, all of which deliver enhanced performance alongside energy and cost efficiencies for next-generation data analysis at growth-scale.

“Organizations are being challenged to deliver energy efficient hyper-growth data analysis without accelerating costs, which has become increasingly challenging as real-time analytics, SQL, AI/ML, and geospatial workloads typically require more energy consumption,” said Chris Gladwin, CEO of Ocient. “The close of this latest round of financing is an indication that the need for the solutions we bring to market is growing across industries, and geographies.”

“The world is connected through data, and a growing number of organizations are grappling with growing, complex datasets that are challenging the status quo of their existing systems,” said Jim Dugan, founding managing partner of OCA Ventures. “Ocient’s unique approach to enabling the analysis of these always-on, compute-intensive datasets while optimizing for performance, cost, and energy efficiency is a win-win for businesses and the environment, and OCA Ventures is thrilled to be a part of this next chapter of Ocient’s growth as it delivers its data analytics software solutions to a growing number of customers around the globe.”

The growth of compute-intensive data workloads is increasing the need for digital solutions that can positively impact energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. In the Gartner® Top Trends in Data and Analytics, 2023 report, regarding D&A sustainability, “If current D&A and AI practices remain unchanged, and with their ongoing adoption, the energy needed for machine learning alone may grow to 3.5% of global electricity consumption by 2030.” The research recommends data and analytics leaders “adopt emerging practices to improve the energy efficiency of D&A and AI. These include the prioritized use of (cloud) data centers that are powered by renewable energy, the use of more energy efficient infrastructure, and the use of transfer learning, active learning, federated learning, composite AI and other approaches. Their benefits include less need for (training) data and more efficient machine learning, lower requirements for time, compute resources and energy.” * Minimized time, compute and energy consumption are all benefits Ocient delivers.

“The demand for computing power and storage space in data centers will continue to increase rapidly and cloud providers are struggling to buy enough clean energy to balance their growth, making decarbonization solutions for this sector hugely important for the future of our global climate,” said Amy Francetic, co-founder and managing partner of Buoyant Ventures. “Buoyant Ventures invests in organizations creating high-impact digital solutions in our fight against climate change. Ocient’s highly differentiated approach to delivering energy-efficient data analytics software solutions is a compelling fit, and we’re excited to see how the company continues to innovate and lead the way in this space.”

To learn more about Ocient, download the GigaOm Radar for Data Warehouses report here, and visit Ocient.com.

*Gartner, Top Trends in Data and Analytics, 2023, published 28 March 2023.

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About OCA Ventures

OCA Ventures provides venture capital and strategic guidance to visionary founders of highly scalable early-stage technology and services businesses, with particular expertise in financial technologies, services and trading, security, data analytics, and healthcare technologies. OCA seeks to invest in revolutionary ideas and to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs, typically participating in a company’s first round of institutional capital.

About Buoyant Ventures

Buoyant Ventures is a female-led venture fund investing in entrepreneurs using digital technology to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Buoyant invests in startups leveraging software and simple hardware to address climate change across the energy, mobility, agriculture, water, circular economy, and the built environment industries.

About Ocient

Ocient is a data analytics software solutions company that enables always-on, compute-intensive analysis of complex, large-scale data with outstanding performance that delivers up to 80% price savings. Ocient brings data transformation, loading, complex query processing, AI, OcientML™ and OcientGeo™ into a single, consolidated solution for deeper insights and data-driven decision making. Enterprises can deploy Ocient’s pilot-to-production solutions on premises, in the OcientCloud™ or in the public cloud, with little to no resource-intensive integration. Ocient is a global, carbon-neutral company, headquartered in Chicago, and backed by leading investors including Greycroft, OCA Ventures, In-Q-Tel and Buoyant Ventures. For more information, please visit www.ocient.com.