Old meets new

Clustrix secures $10m Series D funding round for NewSQL ascension

Chris Mayer

The NewSQL leaders hope their latest investment will help yield more customers for their scalable, high throughput relational datastore


NewSQL vendor Clustrix has secured a new $10m funding round to help develop their scale out relational database.

Founded in 2006, the San Francisco based company are just one of many “NewSQL” companies to emerge in recent years. Rather than offering something completely new, like 10gen’s document store MongoDB or DataStax’s key value store Cassandra, NewSQL vendors are attempting to meld the worlds of relational and non-relational databases together by providing the familiarity of a SQL database with a distributed architecture.

Clustrix provide a “high-scale transaction throughput” ACID-compliant relational database, with real-time analytics and parallel processing tacked on. In production since 2008, Clustrix claim to be the leader of the pack, boasting some impressive large-scale clients like AOL and Symantec. The company are slightly unusual in their business model, sticking to a software-only approach

The latest Series D round of investment, led by HighBar and announced yesterday, takes the market leading Clustrix to $56.5m in total funding, and will predominantly be used for to “aggressively pursue” the growing MySQL/ NewSQL market, according to Clustrix CEO Robin Purohit.

“The need for operational databases that can analyze data in real-time has never been greater with the rapid growth of new hyperscale applications in business segments such as e-commerce, online gaming and advertisement,” he said in a canned release.

The NewSQL market is undoubtedly growing, with several companies jostling to offer an alternative to MySQL and Oracle. All bring different thinking to the table, yet with so many vendors chipping away at Oracle’s share, it is difficult to see which database service will reign supreme at such an early stage. Ultimately, the biggest challenge for NewSQL vendors remains convincing companies to part with MySQL, the ones that actually fit the profile. Some may not even need to.

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