That by itself could be an fascinating improvement for the favored open supply database firm. However there’s one other angle to this story, too. Along with the acquisition, MariaDB additionally right this moment introduced that cloud computing firm ServiceNow is investing in MariaDB, an funding that helped it get to right this moment’s acquisition. ServiceNow doesn’t usually make investments, although it has made just a few acquisitions. It’s a very massive MariaDB consumer, although, and it’s precisely the sort of buyer that may profit from the Clusterix acquisition.
MariaDB CEO Michael Howard tells me that ServiceNow present helps about 80,000 cases of MariaDB. With this funding (which is definitely an add-on to MariaDB’s 2017 Series C round), ServiceNow’s SVP of Improvement and Operations Pat Casey will be a part of MariaDB’s board.
Why would MariaDB purchase an organization like Clusterix, although? Once I requested Howard concerning the motivation, he famous that he’s now seeing extra corporations like ServiceNow which might be taking a look at a extra scalable solution to run MariaDB. Howard famous that it could take years to construct a brand new database engine from the bottom up.
“You possibly can rent plenty of sensible folks individually, however not essentially have that have constructed into their profile,” he mentioned. “In order that was necessary after which to have a jumpstart in relation to this market alternative — this mandate from our market. It usually takes about 9 years, to get a model new, thorough database know-how off the bottom. It’s not like a SaaS software the place you may get a front-end getting in a couple of yr or so.
Howard additionally careworn that the truth that the groups at Clusterix and MariaDB share the identical vocabulary, on condition that they each work on related issues and intention to be suitable with MySQL, made this a superb match.
Whereas integrating the Clusterix database know-how into MariaDB gained’t be trivial, Howard careworn that the database was all the time constructed to accommodate exterior database storage engines. MariaDB must make some adjustments to its APIs to be prepared for the clustering options of Clusterix. “It’s not going to be a 1-2-Three effort,” he mentioned. “It’s going to be a heavy-duty effort for us to do that proper. However everybody on the crew desires to do it as a result of it’s good for the corporate and our prospects.
MariaDB didn’t disclose the value of the acquisition. Because it was based in 2006, although, the Y Combinator-incubated Clusterix had raised just below $72 million, although. MariaDB has raised just below $100 million thus far, so it’s in all probability a good guess that Clusterix didn’t essentially promote for a big a number of of that.