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Citus Data Creates Extension That Transforms Postgres Into A Distributed Database And Supports Open Source Community

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Citus Data’s mission is to make it so developers never need to worry about scaling out their database again. The team at Citus Data has created the Citus database, an extension to Postgres that transforms Postgres into a distributed database.

Below is our recent interview with Ozgun Erdogan, CTO and co-founder at Citus Data:

Q: Tell us something about how Citus Data began?

A: My co-founders Umur Cubukcu, Sumedh Pathak and I founded the company because we wanted to make it possible to get the economics of a distributed, scale-out architecture while keeping all the benefits of a relational database. So we set out to find a way to scale out the world’s most advanced open source database: Postgres. And that’s what we did.

Q: Tell us something more about the product that you offer?

A: Citus is worry-free Postgres that is built to scale out. Made specifically for SaaS companies and enterprises, Citus is an open source extension to Postgres (not a fork) that transforms PostgreSQL into a distributed database.

By distributing both data and queries across multiple nodes, Citus dramatically improves performance. Citus is used by multi-tenant SaaS applications that are growing fast and need to scale beyond a single-node database—and by enterprises building customer-facing analytics dashboards, workloads that need to handle concurrency, with real-time data ingest and many concurrent queries across large data sets. We make Citus available as open source, as enterprise software you can run anywhere, and as a fully-managed database as a service.

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Q: What is the Pledge 1% Movement, and what is Citus Data’s involvement?

A: Pledge 1% is a global movement that encourages companies of all sizes and stages to donate 1% of their equity, profit, product, and/or time to any charity of their choosing. Organizations all over the world are signing up for the Pledge 1% initiative, and we are proud to be part of a group that includes the likes of Salesforce, Atlassian, and Box, among many others.

We are giving 1% equity in Citus Data as a donation to the United States PostgreSQL Association in conjunction with the PostgreSQL Europe non-profit organization. Our stock donation will support the growth, education and future innovation of the open source Postgres database in both the U.S. and in Europe.

Q: Why support the PostgreSQL foundations rather than a philanthropic cause?

A: To our knowledge, this is the first time a company has donated 1% of its equity to support the mission of an open source foundation. PostgreSQL is not only the world’s most advanced open source relational database, it is also the world’s only independent database. No single company backs or represents the Postgres project. So the open source community has been integral to building it to what it is today—a compelling alternative to proprietary relational databases, and a reliable foundation for building new applications from scratch. But open source projects take time and effort, and more often than not become a voluntary endeavor. With this 1% equity donation, we’d like to do our part to make sure PostgreSQL continues to prosper moving forward.

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Q: Why is this important enough for Citus Data to donate 1% of its equity?

A: Because it’s the right thing to do. Our team and our company have hugely benefited from Postgres over the years. After all, our flagship product, Citus, builds on and transforms Postgres into a distributed database. We owe a lot of our success to the PostgreSQL open source project and all the talented people involved. We’re excited to be giving back to the community that made this project so successful.

We have seen a number of organizations we admire support the Pledge 1% initiative. We are proud to be joining these other technology leaders in this philanthropic movement. And while we’ve long been donating our time to the PostgreSQL open source project in terms of code, training, evangelism, conference talks and sponsorships—we felt it was time to contribute even more to PostgreSQL. We hope that by sharing a piece of our future success with the PostgreSQL non-profit organizations, we are contributing to an even brighter future for PostgreSQL users and contributors.

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