Alation is a data catalog company that is building a data-fluent world by changing the way people find, understand, trust, use, and reuse data.

Alation automatically indexes your data by source. It also automatically gathers knowledge about your data. Alation is the data catalog where everyone in your organization can find the data they need to collaborate.

Alation was founded in 2012. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with offices in London, UK and Chnnai, India.

Alation uses out-of-the-box connectors to connect to common data sources like Oracle, Redshift, Teradata, Spark and Tableau to create a centralized data catalog.

Alation Data Catalog is being used by more than 150 large organizations including BMW, Hilton, American Express, Salesforce, eBay, Exelon, Munich Re and Pfizer.  The results of the independent study revealed that organizations using the Alation Data Catalog can experience a 364% return on investment (ROI).


Alation is backed by Sapphire Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, DCVC (Data Collective), Harmony Partners, Icon Ventures and others. The company raised $50M from a "Series C" financing on Jan 17, 2019. This new round brings Alation's total funding to $82M to date.


Alation Named a Leader in the Gartner Metadata Management Magic Quadrant 2019, for the 3rd Straight Year. It was named Constellation Research’s ShortList™ for Data Cataloging1 for the fourth consecutive year, in 2019. The company also received Ventana’s 2018 Digital Innovation Award for Big Data. IDC Innovators: Data Intelligence Software Platforms, 2019. Alation was also named a winner in the Data Catalog category of Dresner’s 2018 Technology Innovation Awards.



  • Year founded: 2012
  • Funding Info: $82M over 4 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series C)
  • Yearly Revenue: $20M-$50M (2019)
  • Employee Size: 201-500
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Redwood City
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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