MariaDB raises strategic investment from ServiceNow Ventures and acquires Clustrix for an undisclosed amount.

Finland Investments 20 September 2018
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MariaDB, a Helsinki and San Francisco-based company providing an alternative database to the MySQL, announced that cloud computing company ServiceNow is investing in MariaDB.

In conjunction with the investment, Pat Casey, SVP of Development and Operations at ServiceNow, is joining the board of directors.

The funding is made through ServiceNow Ventures, the investment arm of ServiceNow, an American provider of cloud-based solutions.

MariaDB products are used in ServiceNow’s cloud-based platform, running workflows for the world’s largest companies. To operate at scale, ServiceNow’s platform runs on up to 85,000 MariaDB databases that serve more than 25 billion queries per hour.

The investment will be used for the acquisition of Clustrix, the pioneer in distributed database technology, for an undisclosed amount. With the acquisition, MariaDB adds scale-out capability that runs on premises with commodity hardware or in any cloud environment, with greater scalability and higher availability than other traditional distributed options such as Oracle RAC.

MariaDB, founded in 2009 by Max Mether, Michael "Monty" Widenius and Kaj Arnö, the actual founders of MySQL, is a relational database that supports enterprise needs from OLTP to analytics.

Prior to this deal, MariaDB raised $67M in venture money and $54 million in funding from the European Investment Bank