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February 6, 2017

Database Shift to Cloud Gains Momentum


The merger of database services with cloud and other datacenter infrastructure continues to accelerate with the latest acquisition of a database-as-a-service vendor by the Israeli cloud infrastructure provider Stratoscale.

Stratoscale, Herzliya, Israel, specializes in delivering Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) regional connections to datacenters. The company said Monday (Feb. 6) its acquisition of Tesora Inc., a privately held database service vendor based in Cambridge, Mass., would boost its efforts to deliver public cloud connections on-premise while addressing growing demand for managed noSQL and Amazon relational database services.

Stratoscale also plans to add compatible services including DynamoDB, ElasticCache and Amazon Redshift hosted data warehouse services. The Tesora database platform is designed to provision and manage databases ranging from MySQL and MongoDB to MariaDB and PostgresSQL.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Stratoscale recently announced what it says is the first integrated software-defined datacenter platform (SDDC) dubbed Symphony that leverages a hyper-converged architecture. It also supports x86-based hardware and accelerates the deployment of SDDCs without buying additional hardware. The company said Symphony scales from three to hundreds of nodes and leverages a single software stack.

“Organizations want to consume database as a service in a click-of-a-button,” Ariel Maislos, CEO and founder of Stratoscale, noted in a statement announcing the Tesora acquisition.

Along with the acquisition, Stratoscale also unveiled an AWS-compatible relational database deployment service. These and other services are intended to help enterprises roll out on-premises infrastructure into an AWS region.

Tools such as Symphony seek to simplify the management of data-intensive workloads and supporting computing and storage resources in datacenters.

Tesora’s database-as-a-service approach treats equally the growing list of management system technologies for relational and non-relational platforms with the goal of allowing developers to select the best database for a given application. “The different database types maintain their unique characteristics, yet in their overall lifecycle management they are treated like cattle as much as possible, less like pets,” Amrith Kumar, Tesora’s founder and CTO, wrote in sister publication this past December.

Tesora’s platform currently delivers provisioning and management for 17 certified databases, including Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, Couchbase, MariaDB, Percona, PostgresSQL and DB2 Express.

Kumar also serves as project technical lead for the OpenStack Trove database-as-a-service project. With the number of database services growing, the open source project is designed to provide a scalable cloud database for provisioning SQL and noSQL database engines.

The Tesora acquisition underscores the industry trend toward shifting database provisioning to the cloud. For example, DataStax accelerated its cloud strategy late last year with its acquisition of DataScale, the Apache Spark and Cassandra hosting service launched in 2014. The company’s data store service ran on AWS and Microsoft Azure (NASDAQ: MSFT). A public beta for the DataStax Managed Cloud was scheduled to start early this year on AWS.

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