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加强数据库业务,微软收购开源创企Citus Data

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加强数据库业务,微软收购开源创企Citus Data

可以说,数据库这一块仍然是云计算中最具竞争力的领域之一。出于加强数据库业务的目的,微软周四收购了开源初创公司Citus Data。

这次收购具体的交易条款还未披露。Citus Data曾为PostgreSQL开源数据库构建了一个扩展,使其能够按照分布式云计算的要求进行扩展。

微软将PostgreSQL作为Azure上的一项托管服务运行,但很快就可以提供一个新版本的PostgreSQL,它可以根据需求更有效地变化。Azure Data的副总裁罗汉·库马尔(Rohan Kumar)在一篇宣布这笔交易的博客文章中写道:“我们将携手合作,加速核心企业化功能从Azure到PostgreSQL的交付,并使PostgreSQL关键的工作量能够自如地在Azure上运行。”

Citus的联合创始人兼首席执行官Umur Cubukcu在他自己的博客中写道:“我们创建Citus是为了将PostgreSQL转换成一个分布式数据库,从而为开发人员提供重要的性能提升,并提供了比Postgre更快速的查询功能。” Citus开发的PostgreSQL数据库扩展既可以作为运行在Amazon Web服务上的托管云服务,也可以作为本地服务器,Azure版本似乎很快就会发布。

在过去的一年里,Citus成为了最新一家加入微软行列的开源初创科技公司,尽管这次交易的收购价远不及微软为GitHub支付的75亿美元。据Citus的团队简介所示,这家初创公司拥有35名员工,诞生于湾区的Y Combinator初创公司孵化器,并得到了来自Khosla Ventures和Data Collective的投资。

Microsoft on Thursday said that it's acquiring Citus Data, a start-up that has commercialized open-source database software called PostgreSQL. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

The deal could help Microsoft make its argument that it supports open-source technologies, particularly in the cloud, while continuing to make money from popular proprietary software like Windows and Office. In the cloud business, Microsoft wants to use openness as a way to pick up business amid competition from Google, market leader Amazon and others.

Microsoft has also sought to bolster its reputation in the open-source world by making its products work better with the Linux operating system, which is widely used to run applications in public clouds. It also acquired GitHub last year in a $7.5 billion deal. GitHub is a place where developers collaborate on, explore and access open-source projects.

Currently, Citus Data's website advertises a version of its database software that's hosted on Amazon Web Services. Microsoft's blog post announcing the acquisition mentions the competing Azure cloud 10 times.

"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," Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president for Azure data at Microsoft, wrote in the blog post.

Microsoft doesn't have plans to change Citus Data's business at this time, a spokesman told CNBC in an email.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether Microsoft will continue to offer the Citus Cloud offering on AWS.

The start-up was founded in 2011 and had offices in San Francisco and Turkey, with 40 employees, according to LinkedIn data. Citus Data's investors include Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, Data Collective and Khosla Ventures.

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