Our cloud-covered world could be in for a storm. Beijing-based tech company Terark has developed algorithms that allow databases to run up to 200x faster by compressing their data further. On top of that, their algorithm also allows reading the data without having to decompress it. This means one server running TerarkDB can do the job of five servers running industry standard database engines. The cost savings for companies will be huge, plus it slots straight into existing database ecosystems “like changing a battery,” allowing them to easily offer free trials.

Terark itself has secured a $1 million contract with Alibaba Cloud and is already profitable despite only being established in November 2015. They’re not looking for further investment, but they are now heading to Europe and the US to try to explain the revolutionary concept to potential clients (keep reading for our attempts), though they’re also making the code free to small users running just one server.

The company is already in talks with undisclosed large clients around the world.

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Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...