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Storm

Storm

Storm is a distributed computation system that functions in real time, processing massive amounts of data in streams. An open source system, Storm can be applied in a number of ways, from data analysis to extract transform load tasks and creating machine learning. Storm is often compared to Hadoop, which performs similar functions using batch processing. Storm is owned by Twitter.

Background
Founder: Nathan Marz and and a group at BackType
CEO: Dick Costolo (Twitter)
Timeline:
2008: BackType founded (Storm developer); BackType receives seed funding from Y Combinator in the amount of $15,000
2009: BackType awarded $300,000 venture capital funding from True Ventures
2011: BackType acquired by Twitter; Twitter open-sources Storm; Storm version 0.5.0 and 0.6.0 released
2012: Storm version 0.7.0 and 0.8.0 released
2013: Storm version 0.9.0 and 0.9.0.1 released

Twitter is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA, with additional offices in New York City, Boston, San Antonio and Detroit, USA and in countries around the world.