Cockroach Labs Raises $27M for Cloud Native SQL Database

Friday May 12th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Open-source CockroachDB was a key part of large interoperability demo at the OpenStackSummit.

Cockroach Labs, the lead vendor behind the open-source Cockroach Labs SQL database, had a very busy week. On May 9, Cockroach DB was on the keynote stage at the OpenStack Summit in Boston, and on May 10, Cockroach Labs announced a new $27 million Series B round of funding and the Cockroach DB 1.0 release.

The $27 million Series B was led by Redpoint Ventures and included the participation of Benchmark, GV, Index Ventures and FirstMark. Total funding to date for Cockroach Labs now stands at $53.5 million.

At the OpenStack Summit in Boston on May 9, Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball joined CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi on the keynote stage as part of a massive interoperability demo, showing how multiple OpenStack cloud vendors could pool resources to together with Kubernetes.

Polvi asked Kimball why the database is called CockroachDB

"It's because it is very resilient and very hard to kill," Kimball said.

Cockroach DB is a cloud-native SQL database and in the interoperability demo, it was setup to run in a container on a CoreOS Tectonic Kubernetes cluster. The OpenStack vendors then each booted up new Kubernetes pods that provides new resources to a running CockroachDB instance.

The CockroachDB 1.0 release which debuted on May 10 is the first major milestone production-ready release and it is being complemented with a new Enterprise product as well.

"Working at enterprise-scale in production means that operational workloads must be run with minimal downtime and with multiple failsafes," Kimball wrote in a blog post. "In addition to support for zero-downtime, rolling upgrades and certificate rotation, we are happy to announce a feature available specifically as part of our CockroachDB Enterprise offering: distributed, incremental backup and restore."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseAppsToday and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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