An analytics startup called Interana came out of stealth mode on Tuesday promising to help every company — at least those with a whole lot of data — make data-driven decisions like Facebook does.
The company’s founders have some experience doing that: CTO Bobby Johnson was director of engineering at Facebook from 2006 until 2012 and built the company’s Scribe log-management system and Haystack infrastructure for storing and serving photos. Product leader Lior Abraham built Facebook’s SCUBA, a data-analysis system originally used by engineers to analyze server performance but now used by a majority of people in the company.
Although Interana learned from Facebook in terms of what it means to build fast, scalable data infrastructure and tools that are usable even by non-experts, Interana doesn’t use any Facebook technology, Johnson said. The company built its whole infrastructure, from the compressed columnar storage engine up to the user interface…