Mark Hall

Strata: A browser designed for analytics

By Mark Hall
May 07, 2008 10:00 AM EDT

You could say, data is a family obsession at Kirix Corp. Founded in Elmhurst, Ill. in 2001 by the four Williams' brothers (Aaron, Ben, David and Nate) and a friend, the company has created new browser specifically to analyze data on your network as well as structured information you find on the Internet.

Kirix's Williams (that'd be Nate, the president) says with the advent of software as a service, users need tools designed for Web-resident data. Hence, the release last month of Kirix Strata, the world's first "data browser," he claims.

According to Williams, data analytic tools have been limited to just a few people inside a company because they require a lot of IT resources. He contends Strata is so easy, "your desktop becomes your personal data playground."

Based on the open source Gecko browser engine from the folks at Mozilla, Strata is ideally designed for people who need to create ad hoc reports from myriad data sources. Strata has its own scripting language so you can write one that, say, monitors a Web site for changes to your data. Kirix also produces scripts, or extensions. For example, by September it will offer one that encrypts data going in and out of Strata. And soon the company will release a wizard tool to help users create their own customized extensions.

Currently available for Windows and Linux users (Although a Mac version is ready, it's not yet shipping.), Strata sells for $249 per seat.