In 2009, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command wanted the ability to track, in real-time, national security threats. Potential solutions had to provide instant results, and use graphics to provide insight into their extremely large streaming datasets. At the time, there was nothing available to meet their needs. Both NoSQL solutions and classical relational systems couldn’t handle the scaling requirements.
In response, Nima Negahban and Amit Vij, of Kinetica, designed and built a new database.