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Formulus Black Partners with Looker to Improve Data Science Team Productivity


Joint solution to increase query performance up to 70x for data teams to analyze, and visualize data faster than ever before

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — June 25, 2019 – Venture-backed startup Formulus Black announced today it has partnered with Looker, a leading data platform company, for a joint solution to increase query performance up to 70x without complicated database migrations or changes.

Formulus Black’s Forsa software, combined with Looker, allow users to analyze and visualize data at memory channel speeds. The efficiency of data teams depends on how fast data can be accessed, transformed, and queried. With this joint solution, Looker and Formulus Black are enabling real time access to data and improving query execution speeds so that data teams spend less time waiting on data and more time on higher value work.

“Because Forsa enables any database to run in-memory (both reads and writes), Looker users can perform exploratory analysis and refresh real time dashboards in a fraction of the time,” said Jing Xie, Chief Operating Officer at Formulus Black. “In addition, our Bitmarker memory amplification algorithm enables users to persist more raw data in memory when there are patterns in the data, saving customers money.”

“At Looker we’re focused on empowering our customers with a single-source of truth no matter their technical background,” said Erin Franz, Senior Technology Alliances Manager at Looker. “We’re proud of our partnership with Formulus Black because it furthers this value by allowing every joint customer to self-serve critical insights significantly faster using their in-memory compute solution.”

Looker allows the user faster and more efficient SQL query design and visualization, while Formulus Black’s in-memory computing platform; Forsa; enables Looker queries to complete in a fraction of the time by running any application, including databases, in-memory without any modification or code changes. This solution dramatically decreases the time it takes data scientists and business analysts to get the data they need.

By running all applications fully in-memory, Forsa improves the per-core performance of a database by reducing the amount of time each core needs to wait for data I/O from peripheral storage. Forsa customers have been able to run the same database application on up to 75 percent fewer cores while still improving database performance, yielding substantial savings in database software licensing costs and freeing up CPU resources for running other applications.

About Formulus Black

Formulus Black develops Forsa, a technology that is unlocking the power of in-memory compute for all applications, delivering a level of performance unmatchable by any SSD or other I/O-bound technology. Our software enables memory to be easily and efficiently used as a high-performance storage media. Forsa can be used to power the most demanding application workloads and for developers seeking to minimize latency, maximize throughput, and scale without performance loss. For more information and to trial our software, please visit:

About Looker

Looker is a unified platform for data that delivers actionable business insights to every employee at the point of decision. Looker integrates data into the daily workflows of users to allow organizations to extract value from data at web scale. Over 1600 industry-leading and innovative companies such as Sony, Amazon, The Economist, IBM, Spotify, Etsy, Lyft and Kickstarter have trusted Looker to power their data-driven cultures. The company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boulder, London, Tokyo and Dublin, Ireland. Investors include CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Goldman Sachs. For more information, connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube or visit


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