With kdb+ the powerful combination of an in-memory database, a time-series enhanced superset of SQL, tight integration to external systems, and a fully featured programming language embedded directly on the data allows Kx to deliver in a uniquely cost-effective and performant fashion.
Kx technology is designed to capture the essence of time in computing. Our native support for temporal and bi-temporal features is a rare capability. High precision nanosecond timestamps, time ordered querying, uniquely performant aggregation across flexibly-defined time buckets, coupled with time-based table joins of unparalleled speed, allows kdb+ to stand alone in time-series analytics.
The IoT has reached tremendous levels of interest in today’s highly-competitive business landscape – and there is good reason for the hype. Organizations are presented with huge opportunities with data collected by Internet-connected sensors.
Organizations must respond to near-real-time business intelligence based on streams of data. This ability will have an increasing role in smart electrical grids, transportation operations management, national intelligence applications, and some kinds of sophisticated fraud detection, cross-selling and location services.
Operational intelligence helps companies make improved and faster decisions based on what is occurring now, what has occurred in the past, and what is predicted to take place in the future. Our solutions provide situational awareness by blending, processing and analyzing real-time and historical information to deliver operational intelligence and actionable insights.
Widely deployed in the data science community, tools such as Analyst for Kx take much of the effort out of visualization, normalization, cleaning and data wrangling. Widely used native statistical libraries sit alongside the tightly coupled tools such as TensorFlow, Theano and Keras. Even your favorite Python libraries can be called directly from kdb+ code.
Kx Systems was founded to address one of the most basic problems in high-performance computing: the inability of traditional relational database technology to keep up with the explosive escalation of data volumes. Ever since, the company’s singular goal has been to provide its customers with the most efficient and flexible tools for ultra-high-speed processing of real-time, streaming and historical data.
Built on a unique computer programming paradigm, Kx's kdb+ database and its associated programming language, q, use a single architecture to access billions and trillions of structured data records, resulting in blazingly fast processing times — many times faster than those of competitive technologies.
Kx customers are market leaders in their fields — from top investment banks and hedge funds to premier energy companies, pharmaceutical firms, and scientific research institutions. Our powerful software allows these companies to tackle the most complex and data-intensive applications.
Kx's elegant architecture, minimal storage requirements, and ultra efficient utilization of hardware combine to deliver a lower TCO. It has been specifically designed to allow the database to scale out easily as data volumes grow – without losing performance.
The basis for Kx Technology is a uniquely integrated platform which includes a high-performance historical time-series columnar database called kdb+, an in-memory compute engine, and a real-time streaming processor all unified with an expressive query and programming language called q.
Designed from the start for extreme scale, and running on industry standard servers, the kdb+ database has been proven to solve complex problems faster than any of its competitors.
Kx's time-series database is optimized for Big Data analytics. The columnar design of kdb+ means it offers greater speed and efficiency than typical relational databases. Its innovative native support for time-series operations vastly improves the speed and flexibility of queries, aggregation, joins, and analysis of business information – be it structured, semi-structured, or key value data.
Kdb+ is different. Its built-in functional array language, q, includes a superset of SQL that operates directly on the data, removing the need to ship query results to other applications for analysis. Kdb+ and q make full use of the intrinsic power of modern distributed architectures, delivering unparalleled performance, proven again and again in industry benchmarks and real world experience.
Getting bigger without getting slower.
The design of kdb+ allows it to easily scale horizontally and vertically as data volumes grow, without losing performance.
Banks, trading firms and financial institutions have used Kx technology for lightning fast processing of vast amounts of data for over two decades, before the phrase "Big Data" was even coined.
Today sectors including retail, utilities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and genome research are adopting kdb+ to solve their Big Data problems as they find more stack-based architectures are proving too expensive and slow to scale efficiently.
On disk. In memory. Streaming.
For many businesses, the promise of Big Data analytics was the ability to use both streaming and the vast amounts of historical data effectively.
However, the reality found by many is having to install a stack of different solutions from different vendors. Each layer in the stack brings its own set of compatibility, maintenance, and support issues, often requiring a plethora of different skill sets. Kx Technology can address every part of the data-stream as it passes through the business, in a single unified architecture.
Historical disk-based data, in-memory databases, the complex processing of events, and real-time streams are all managed by Kx using just one underlying technology. Analysis of historical trends can be re-used for real-time analytics, creating tremendous reductions in development time and ongoing maintenance costs.
Kdb+'s exceptional speed in analyzing data, wherever it is stored, enables businesses to visualize its complexities in ways they found impossible before.
More costs less.
When choosing a technology platform, a seemingly difficult balance needs to be achieved between the bottom-line impact of real world costs, and the top-line benefits of rapid delivery, high performance, and ability to meet the changing requirements of the business. Kx Technology demonstrably allows for both, without compromise.
Our market-leading efficiencies of hardware utilization, the lower footprint, the lower maintenance and operational costs coupled with the otherwise unheard of productivity with developing in the kdb+ environment means that a Kx implementation will always work out to be more cost effective than alternatives.
In conjunction with this, the Kx Technology platform has both the tooling and the underlying language, q, that our customers tell us enables for the very rapid development of full solutions, thus delivering to the business the rapid change ability that the top-line demands.
More than ever, retailers face growing pressure to innovate and adapt to the changing habits of customers – no area is exempt from the impact of the digital revolution. Technology and data bring opportunities to grow sales through ever improving customer experiences. As technology moves at pace, retailers are struggling to identify where to start, and what investments will have the biggest impact on their business.
FD (AIM:FDP.L, ESM:FDP.I) announces that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Telconomics09 S.L (“Telconomics”), a privately-held provider of telco analytics software, for a total consideration of up to €2.5m. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year and forms part of the Group’s continuing strategy to target […]
FD (AIM:FDP.L, ESM:FDP.I) announces that its Kx Systems division has acquired the rights to PyQ from Enlightenment Research LLC. PyQ, or Python for kdb+, is a set of software components that simplifies the running of a Python interpreter embedded in a kdb+ server. Kdb+ is an in-memory, time-series database with a built-in programming language called […]
Kx for Algos provides a complete suite of scalable algorithmic trading functionality, based on market data signals, including strategy development, matching engines and backtesting. Out-of-the-box dashboards provide feature-rich visualization and control tools which can be effortlessly customized for specific trading, monitoring and research requirements.
Kx for Flow is a powerful, market-neutral FX trading platform that gives a clear view of the marketplace through its graphically rich real time visualizations. Flow’s built-in connectivity to the full liquidity market enables the creation of deep, customized liquidity pools. It supports Spot, Forwards, Swaps, NDFs, Metals and CFDs trading all through one system.
Kx for Surveillance enables financial institutions to instantly detect known trading violations like layering, spoofing or marking the close. Customers can calibrate their parameters in real time to improve their detection quality and accuracy. The flexibility of the historical database and replay engine eases retrospective investigation for new types of fraudulent behavior and suspicious activity.
Kx for Monitoring helps clients ensure their day-to-day operations run smoothly and on schedule. It provides a set of customizable dashboards that display high-level information on the current status of primary indicators as well as real-time alerts and notifications of issues. Historical data is retained for follow-up investigations and root cause analysis.
Dashboards for Kx provides rich visualization of real-time streaming, intraday and historical business data. The easy-to-use yet powerful drag-and-drop interface enables users to quickly build customized dashboards. Content can be displayed through a wide range of innovative widgets, enabling detailed filtering, aggregation and drill down.
Analyst For Kx provides a complete real-time data transformation, exploration and discovery workflow. Users can manipulate massive datasets without programming through the intuitive point-and-click interface. Analysts can use flexible spreadsheets to perform simple or complex analytical computations in real time, with full scripting support.
Stream for Kx is a proven data management solution that can be deployed locally, in the cloud, or as part of a wider Big Data architecture. With unrivalled performance, it allows firms to manage their analytics and visualization needs in a single platform, or as an ultra-fast component of a multi-platform solution.
Using Control for Kx, organizations can rigorously manage their application landscape. They can instantly determine what processes are running and who owns them as well as their parameters and functionality settings. The development environment provides a framework for extending applications in a swift but controlled manner that promotes reuse, imposes standards and improves quality.
Kx offers a 32-bit version of kdb+ for free so you can try it for yourself and see how powerful and fast it is. This download has all the compatibility and functionality of the full 64-bit version, and is for non-commercial use only. A Raspberry Pi version is also available. Click below to download Kdb+ today.