back to article Cockroach Labs scuttles its way to $160m funding, $2bn valuation thanks to the database that doesn't die

Even database companies you've never heard of might be worth a billion or two. Take Cockroach Labs, the firm behind the distributed RDMS CockroachDB, for example, which has hit gold in a $160m funding round. With backers including Greenoaks and Lone Pine, and existing investors Benchmark, BOND, FirstMark, GV, Index Ventures, …

  1. claimed

    What the hell is this voodoo? I want it. I'll be doing some research this evening...

    1. KieranTully

      Interesting, it sounds like a cloud agnostic version of Google Spanner or AWS Aurora

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        It does indeed share some design elements with Spanner. Also of interest in this space from a heritage perspective is a project called Calvin out of Yale. A cousin of Cockroach built on similar concepts is Apache Kudu, which takes the same ideas and focuses on being an analytics-friendly distributed column store rather than a global OLTP system. It's a very healthy space. Glad to see Cockroach getting some money, but I'll be _astonished_ if they make any headway vs the native cloud players.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is that the same Spencer Kimball who started the GIMP project with Peter Mattis? (A quick Google later). Yes it is, and it appears Mattis also works at Cockroach Labs.

  3. Muppet Boss Bronze badge

    "Never heard of database company" to some people but if one ever tried to find out why Golang binaries are so bloody big, they certainly read this well-written article. In fact, CockroachDB is one of the largest software projects written in Go.

  4. Bryan Hall
    Black Helicopters

    Better how?

    What is so innovative that it is head and shoulders above say, NuoDB?

    PR wise, the name is horrible.

    Hey boss - I'd like to go to a Cockroach conference...

    What? Have you lost your mind?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Better how?

      Open source projects aren't known for PR frendly names. Getting approval for a cockroach conference might be easier tgan asking for gimp training.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

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