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Kx – ready to conquer the world!

18 Mar 2014 | ,
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I first came across Kx when I was a journalist covering the financial technology space, in the mid 90s. The company was then called Atlantis Systems, and it had an exclusive contract with UBS, so there was not a lot that could be said, apart from noting that the technology was a high-performance database supporting time-series data, and a query language called K that made it possible to express complex queries in a compact notion.

All of these attributes made it a very different beast from mainstream products like Sybase – which was the stalwart of financial transactional databases at the time. Fast forward a year or so and I happened to be in Palo Alto and put in a call to Atlantis, only to be greeted with the news that the company had just come to the end of its exclusive with UBS, had changed its name to Kx Systems, and was ready to conquer the world!

Pete Harris
Lighthouse Partners

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