Tech giant Microsoft acquired San Francisco-based startup Citus Data to support open source technologies. Specialized in Big Data and Analytics, Citus Data develops an extension for the open source management system PostgreSQL that transforms PostgreSQL into a distributed database, which improves the performance and scale for application developers. The Citus extension is obtainable as a fully-managed database-as-a-service running on the Cloud, enterprise software, or as a free open source download.
Founded in 2010, Citus Data has worth over USD13 million in funding to date. Its most recent funding came from a USD 9.5 million Series A round by Khosla Ventures. During the announcement of the acquisition, the Corporate Vice President of Azure Data at Microsoft, Rohan Kumar stated that the two companies would speed up the delivery of key, enterprise-ready features from Azure to PostgreSQL and allow critical PostgreSQL workloads to run on Azure with buoyancy. Furthermore, in the statement, Citus Co-founder noted that by transforming PostgreSQL into a distributed database it can deliver questions much faster than proprietary implementations of Postgres.
Introduced in March 2018, Microsoft itself has an Azure-based open managed database service for PostgreSQL. This is hosted within Microsoft Azure Data Services that also hosts managed open source relational database services for MySQL and MariaDB. In today’s highly competitive Cloud provider market, Microsoft is marketing its openness as a way to distinguish from its competition and appeal to developers. This acquisition of Citus Data is just a move by Microsoft to support open source technologies. Last year, Microsoft drastically boosted its open source stance with USD 7.5 billion acquisition of development platform GitHub. However, the company has not disclosed the Citus Data acquisition yet.