Kx MISSION

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.

PERFORMANCE

Built on a unique computer programming paradigm, Kx Technology 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.

MISSION CRITICAL

Kx customers tend to be 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.

SIMPLICITY

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.

Kx Technology

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.

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Performance

The performance is built in.

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.

Scalability

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 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.

Single Platform

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.

Lower TCO

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.

kdb+ simplified architecture for fast big data

Dave Thomas on Fast Big Data for Financial Oversight

23 Nov 2016 | Kdb+, kx, Lambda Architecture

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist at Kx Labs, gave an informative talk on processing Fast Big Data at the YOW! developers’ conference in Sydney, Australia in September 2016. The video of his talk has just been posted, and it is a great way to get an overview of the advantages of a simplified technology stack with kdb+ for large-scale data analytics. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dave outlined the enormous challenges facing data scientists in processing the massive volumes of data required to detect financial fraud, identity theft and an increasing range of cyber threats.

Kx for Best Execution using kdb+

Markets Media: ‘Best Ex’ Raises Bar on Analytics

17 Nov 2016 | Financial, Kdb+, kx, MAR, MiFID II

In the latest issue of Markets Media editor Terry Flanagan writes about the technological capabilities required of brokers to prove best execution to their clients. The need for real-time analytics is increasingly important.
“Being able to say what’s the best price at a given time is one thing, but regulation is demanding that you look at a number of different factors, including probability of execution and speed of execution, and you need to do that in real-time,” says James Corcoran, head of engineering EMEA for Kx in the article. Read more at MarketsMedia.com, including the first article in the series, ‘The New Age of Analytics.’

Kx's kdb+ used for bioinformatics research

Horizon 2020 features Kx and Earlham

11 Nov 2016 | Kdb+, kx

Kx’s technical partnership with bioinformatics researchers at the Earlham Institute is featured in the latest edition of Pan European Networks – Horizon 2020. In the article “Partnering for Progress” Tom Stitt head of scientific computing at Earlham describes how they are using Kx for high-speed streaming analytics: “Ji Zhou, project leader, is heading a team of computer scientists to utilize IoT-powered technologies to monitor and model the growth patterns of different crops, including wheat.”

Kx for Iot and Big Data

Strata Hadoop Summit Singapore

6 Dec 2016 | Big Data, IoT, kx

Kx will be attending this year's Strata Hadoop Summit as delegates. Tweet @kxsystems to meet.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Kx IN ACTION

Algos

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.

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Flow

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.

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Surveillance

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.

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Monitoring

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.

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BUILD FOR THE ENTERPRISE

Dashboard

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.

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Analyst

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.

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Stream

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.

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Control

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.

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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.

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Kx Technology requires 10 to 50 times less computing infrastructure

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Kx Technology is active in all 10 of the world’s leading investment banks

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Kx Technology is up to 100 times faster than Hadoop-based Big Data systems