Microsoft today announced that it is acquiring Citus Data, an open source extension that turns PostgreSQL into a distributed database. Citus Data dramatically increases the performance and scale of PostgreSQL for application developers. Citus is available as a fully-managed database as a service (it power billions of transactions every day), as enterprise software, and as a free open source download. Citus is the world’s first horizontally scalable relational database that you can run both on premises, and as a fully-managed service on the cloud. Microsoft mentioned that this acquisition will accelerate the delivery of key, enterprise-ready features from Azure to PostgreSQL and enable critical PostgreSQL workloads to run on Azure with confidence.
“We continue to be energized by building on our promise around Azure as the most comprehensive cloud to run open source and proprietary workloads at any scale and look forward to working with the PostgreSQL community to accelerate innovation to customers,” wrote Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data.
“As part of Microsoft, we will stay focused on building an amazing database on top of PostgreSQL that gives our users the game-changing scale, performance, and resilience they need. We will continue to drive innovation in this space. We remain as committed to our customers as ever, and will continue providing the strong support for the products our customers use today. And we will continue to actively participate in the Postgres community, working on the Citus open source extension as well as the other open source Postgres extensions you love,” said Umur Cubukcu, Ozgun Erdogan, and Sumedh Pathak, co-founders of Citus Data in a blog post.