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Microsoft Acquires Citus Data for its Open Source Azure PostgreSQL Performance & Scale

Microsoft has acquired Citus Data, a company that specializes in big data and analytics. Citus Data built an extension for the popular PostgreSQL open-source database that allows it to scale in line with the requirements of distributed cloud computing.

Data and analytics are increasingly at the center of digital transformation, with the most leading-edge enterprises leveraging data to drive customer acquisition and satisfaction, long-term strategic planning, and expansion into net new markets. This digital revolution is placing an incredible demand on technology solutions to be more open, flexible, and scalable to meet the demands of large data volumes, sub-second response times, and analytics driven business insights.

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,” Citus CEO Umur Cubukcu  announced in a post.“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.”

Microsoft offers PostgreSQL as a managed service on Azure, but will now be able to offer a version of PostgreSQL that scales more efficiently in response to demand. “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,” wrote Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president for Azure Data, in a blog post announcing the deal.

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