Microsoft buys Citus Data for its open source PostgreSQL tool

Microsoft Buys Citus Data

The deal builds on Azure’s open source commitment and enables Microsoft to provide the massive scalability and performance to meet consumer demands

Microsoft has recently said that it has acquired a startup — Citus Data, a leader in the PostgreSQL community and which specializes in big data and analytics. The Seattle giant lately announced in a blog post that Citus Data, which develops an extension to the open source database management system PostgreSQL that effectively transforms it into a distributed database, is joining its ever-growing portfolio. Moreover, the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Umur Cubukcu, CEO, Citus, stated, “As part of Microsoft, we will stay focused on building an amazing database on top of PostgreSQL that gives our users the game-changing scale, performance, and resilience they need. We will continue to drive innovation in this space.” He added, “We remain as committed to our customers as ever, and will continue providing the strong support for the products our customers use today. And we will continue to actively participate in the Postgres community, working on the Citus open source extension as well as the other open source Postgres extensions you love.”

Established in 2011, Citus Data was founded by Cubukcu and Sumedh Pathak, with the goal of making relational databases. It gives enterprises “the performance advantages of a horizontally scalable database while staying current with all the latest innovations in PostgreSQL,” Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president, Microsoft’s Azure Data division, explained.

Together with Citus team, Microsoft to run on Azure with confidence

Welcoming Citus team, Kumar, Microsoft, wrote, “I am incredibly excited to welcome the high-caliber Citus Data team to Microsoft! Working together, we will accelerate the delivery of key, enterprise-ready features from Azure to PostgreSQL and enable critical PostgreSQL workloads to run on Azure with confidence. We continue to be energized by building on our promise around Azure as the most comprehensive cloud to run open source and proprietary workloads at any scale and look forward to working with the PostgreSQL community to accelerate innovation to customers.”