Microsoft Acquires Citus to Embiggen Data

Citus Data provides open source software and cloud service for scaling the PostgreSQL open source database.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

January 24, 2019

3 Min Read
Microsoft Acquires Citus to Embiggen Data

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data, a small vendor that improves scalability and performance for the open source PostgreSQL database. The acquisition ups Microsoft's open source game and competitive position against Amazon Web Services and Oracle.

Eight-year-old Citus Data provides an open source extension to the open source PostgreSQL database that "transforms PostgreSQL into a distributed database, dramatically increasing performance and scale for application developers," Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president of Azure Data, said in a post on the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) blog announcing the deal Thursday. Using Citus tools, enterprises gain "the performance advantages of a horizontally scalable database while staying current with all the latest innovations in PostgreSQL," he said. Citus is available as a managed database-as-a-service, enterprise software and a free open source download.

Figure 1:

You're invited to attend Light Reading’s Big 5G Event!  Formerly the Big Communications Event and 5G North America, Big 5G is where telecom's brightest minds deliver the critical insight needed to piece together the 5G puzzle. We'll see you May 6-8 in Denver -- communications service providers get in free!

Umur Cubukcu, Citus CEO and co-founder, said in a blog Thursday: "We created Citus to transform PostgreSQL into a distributed database -- giving developers game-changing performance improvements and delivering queries that are magnitudes faster than proprietary implementations of Postgres. We packaged Citus as an open source extension of PostgreSQL -- so you could always stay current with the latest version of Postgres, unlike all forks of databases prior to it. We launched our Citus Cloud database as a service and grew it to power billions of transactions every day -- creating the world's first horizontally scalable relational database that you can run both on premises, and as a fully-managed service on the cloud."

Citus Cloud is in use by software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers, enterprises running real-time analytics dashboards, organizations serving both transactional and analytical workloads in one database, Fortune 100 companies and developers, Cubukcu says.

Microsoft launched its own PostgreSQL implementation in March. Microsoft also supports open source MySQL and MariaDB, as well as running its own SQL Server database on Linux, Azure Cosmos DB for multi-model NoSQL support and support for Spark and Hadoop open source analytics. And Microsoft acquired open source collaboration platform GitHub in October for $7.5 billion. (See Microsoft Completes $7.5B GitHub Acquisition .)

Data is becoming a vendor battleground, as enterprises and telcos need to make sense of oceans of information collected from smart devices and Internet of Things.

Terms of the Microsoft-Citus deal were not disclosed.

Related posts:

— Mitch Wagner Visit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on TwitterJoin my Facebook GroupRead my blog: Things Mitch Wagner Saw Executive Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like