Published October 12, 2022

Seeing All, Knowing All: What Does Ocient Mean?

Ocient pronounciation

By Ocient Staff

As Ocient builds hyperscale data solutions, we’re inspired to build super powers for our customers and if there is one super power that we want to enable it is continuous, complex analysis of hyperscale data. The kind of data that just years ago seemed like science fiction. We’re talking about terabytes and petabytes.

It’s a super power that almost every modern industry will soon desire. When asked how fast the volume of data managed by their organization will grow over the next 1-5 years, 97% of respondents answered “fast” to “very fast,” with 72% of C-level executives expecting the volume to grow “very fast” over the next 5 years. This growing data can cause all kinds of problems and at hyperscale the challenges are multiplied.

In 2022 with the release of V20 of our software, Ocient has come out of stealth mode and a common question we have heard is: “Where does the word ‘Ocient’ come from and what does it mean?”

Ocient means “seeing all, knowing all.” It’s derived from the same root word as “omniscient.” The word omniscient combines two Latin roots: omni-, meaning “all” or “universally,” and the verb scire, meaning “to know.” You will recognize omni- as the prefix that tells all in such words as omnivorous (“eating all” or, in actual use, “eating both plants and animals”) and omnipotent (“all-powerful”).

It’s an ambitious name for an ambitious team focused on analyzing the world’s largest datasets.