CockroachDB review: A scale-out SQL database built for survival
Until very recently, when you shopped for a database you had to choose: Scalability or consistency? SQL databases such as MySQL guarantee strong consistency, but don’t scale well horizontally. (Manual sharding for scalability is no one’s idea of fun.) NoSQL databases such as MongoDB scale beautifully, but offer only eventual consistency. (“Wait long enough, and you can read the right answer”—which isn’t any way to do financial transactions.
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Lindsay Grenawalt, head of People for Cockroach Labs, says that exercise-based interviews are becoming more common for non-technical workers. “Rather than guess if a candidate can do the job based on their answers to behavioral questions,” she says, “exercise-based interviews ask for candidates to show [what they can do].”
This Open-Source Interview Approach Will Help You Avoid Unconscious Bias
Three years ago, Cockroach Labs started the effort to create a more diverse workforce by focusing on building an inclusive environment. In order to do so, we attacked unconscious bias head-on – first by eliminating resumes during the interview process, and then by implementing exercise-based interviews across all departments. Most recently, we open-sourced our interviews to create familiarity — and improve fairness — for candidates going through our hiring process.
Kindred to Improve UX with Cloud-Powered Database Solution
Kindred has announced plans to develop a new cloud-based database solution to help speed up its customer-facing sites. The group’s innovation arm, Kindred Futures, has partnered with cloud services firm Cockroach Labs to develop the new solution. Cockroach Labs is behind CockroachDB.
Kindred Group, Cockroach Labs partner on development effort
The Kindred Futures arm of Kindred Group has linked up with Cockroach Labs to develop a “next-generation” online gaming platform. The two companies will work together to create a database solution that Kindred Group said will “greatly improve” the experience for customers across all of its brands.
This NYC Startup Just Raised $27M To Bring Databases to the Modern Era
While working with traditional SQL databases one inevitably runs into issues while scaling as these database were not conceived to run in cloud environments and the underpinning architecture was often devised 30 years ago. NoSQL solutions emerged to take advantage of horizontal scalability but required compromises like consistency. Recognizing these pain points and the reality that everything is moving to the cloud, Cockroach Labs built CockroachDB, the cloud-native open source SQL database.
The CockroachDB Distributed SQL Database Reports for Production Duty
Everyone knows the devil’s in the details, but who could have guessed there were quite so many details in building a highly consistent, always available, scalable SQL database? That’s the lesson Cockroach Labs took from the beta of its CockroachDB project, according to CEO Spencer Kimball.
GitHub Project of the Week: CockroachDB
The open-source, cloud-native SQL database, CockroachDB, has officially reached version 1.0 this week. CockroachDB was first put on our radar in 2015 when it made Black Duck’s list of Open Source Rookies of the Year. The project first entered beta in March of 2016.
Cockroach Labs announces $27M Series B and enterprise tier for its reliable database
A database that replicates itself and is meant to survive — that was the connection that Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball made between the startup’s memorable name and its value proposition. Despite entering a crowded market, Cockroach has been able to gain the favor of some of the best known VCs in tech.
InfoWorld: Open source SQL database CockroachDB hits 1.0
CockroachDB, an open source, fault-tolerant SQL database with horizontal scaling and strong consistency across nodes—and a name few people will likely forget—is now officially available. Cockroach Labs, the company behind its development, touts CockroachDB as a “cloud native” database solution—a system engineered to run as a distributed resource. Version 1.0 is available in both basic and for-pay editions, and both boast features that will appeal to enterprises.
Cockroach Labs hatches new funding from Redpoint, Google Ventures and others
Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball addressed the fundraise in a new blog post, which you can read here. The capabilities of the company's flagship product, CockroachDB, establish a fundamentally better standard for deploying global cloud services, Kimball said.
VentureBeat: Cockroach Labs raises $27 million and unveils an enterprise version of its open source database for developers
Cockroach Labs, which provides an open source database for developers, announced today the launch of an enterprise offering, as well as funding of $27 million. Redpoint Ventures led the round, with Benchmark Capital, FirstMark Capital, GV, and Index Ventures returning as investors. We are offering what is going to become the new standard — ‘multi-active availability’, wrote Cockroach Labs’ founder and CEO, Spencer Kimball, in an email to VentureBeat.
Cockroach Labs Raises $27M and Launches Enterprise Version
Founded in 2015 by former Google Inc. engineers Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and Ben Darnell, Cockroach Labs’ main product is CockroachDB, a scalable SQL database that was built based on a white paper that led to Google’s development of its Spanner database. CockroachDB takes a different approach to Spanner. In addition to being open-source, it combines the functions of SQL with the horizontal scalability common to NoSQL offerings to provide enterprise-grade disaster recovery.
Wall Street Journal Pro: Cockroach Labs Raises $27 Million for Open-Source Database
Cockroach Labs Inc., an open-source database developer, has raised $27 million in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures, which had participation from Benchmark, FirstMark Capital, GV and Index Ventures. New York-based Cockroach Labs offers a new generation of databases that can be used by large enterprises to produce consistent results, said Chief Executive Spencer Kimball.
OpenStack Summit Presented a Convincing Demo of Cross-Cloud Convergence
In a breathtaking surprise demonstration, directed by CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi and Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball, representatives from no fewer than 15 cloud service providers utilize an OpenStack portal to enable clusters in their own clouds join, near-simultaneously, an established, running database cluster.
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Cockroach is “building the enterprise database of the future much like the un-killable databases that web-scale companies (like Amazon and Google) use internally. Big data requires a database that scales across datacenters and geographies without interruption. Regulations increasingly require applications to limit where certain data can be stored (German data in Germany, for instance),” Munichiello says.
Inside CockroachDB’s Survivability Model
In this Percona Live Europe featured talk, we’ll meet Marc Berhault, Engineer at Cockroach Labs. His talk will be on Inside CockroachDB’s Survivability Model. This talk takes a deep dive into CockroachDB, a database whose “survive and thrive” model aims to bring the best aspects of Google’s next generation database, Spanner, to the rest of the world via open source.I had a chance to speak with Marc and learn a bit more about these questions…
Open Source Databases at Percona Live Europe, Amsterdam
In the last five years, the open source database community has been flourishing. There has been an explosion of creativity and innovation. The community has created many niche (and not so niche) solutions for various problems.
Cloud Native Ambassadors and Docker Captains Navigate Users Through the Container Ecosystem
Navigating the container ecosystem can be confusing. Deciding where to dip your toes is challenging for those stepping into container and microservices waters. Even those who have already ventured knee-deep still wade through many questions as they progress in their cloud native journey.To help them guide them through the ecosystem, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) recently launched a Cloud Native Ambassadors program at its inaugural CloudNativeDay in Toronto.
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 2nd, 2016
Quotable Quotes: “@aphyr: hey if you’re looking for a real cool trip through distributed database research, https://github.com/cockroachdb/cockroach/blob/develop/docs/design.md … is worth several reads”
Four Short Links: 26 August 2016
3. A Focus on Stability — the summary of why quality has slipped is applicable to pretty much every startup project I know: (*) Components are intertwined with enough complexity that surprising emergent behavior must be dealt with. (*) Stability fixes are often under-designed, failing to address a problem adequately. (*) Fixes are also sometimes over-designed, adding unnecessary complexity. (*) Code churn (refactorings, new feature work, dependency upgrades) makes stability a moving target. (*) No engineers are focused on stability full time.
The NYC Tech Ecosystem: Catching Up to the Hype
I’m fascinated by tech ecosystems, and the network effects behind them. I wrote about Berlin (here) and about Paris (here) But of course, as an NYC venture capitalist, I’m particularly interested in New York – I wrote about the strong NYC data community a while back (here), and about NYC as a great home for European entrepreneurs (here).
NewSQL: Trying to Solve What SQL and NoSQL Can’t on Their Own
NewSQL and NoSQL have similarities and differences. The “right” database choice is all about the use case, as always. Depending on what your company is trying to accomplish, you likely have a mix of SQL and NoSQL solutions. And if you don’t, you likely will in the future.Like NoSQL, NewSQL was designed for modern requirements that include high speed and massive scalability.
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For June 17th, 2016
[Serializable, Lockless, Distributed: Isolation in CockroachDB](/blog/serializable-lockless-distributed-isolation-cockroachdb/) We have now demonstrated how CockroachDB’s Isolation system is able to provide a serializable and recoverable transaction history in a completely distributed fashion. Combined with our atomic commit post, we have already described a fairly robust system for executing concurrent, distributed ACID transactions.
The Future of Open Source
Last week in New York, the venture firm Accel held a ninety minute lunch for an audience of financial analysts and equity professionals, a reporter or two and at least a few industry analysts. The ostensible subject for the event was Accel’s Open Adoption Software (OAS) model, but the wider focus was what the future held for open source in general. Accel’s view on this subject, as well as that of the panelists at the event from Cloudera, Cockroach Labs and Sysdig, was that open source essentially has gone mainstream. As Jake Flomenberg, an Accel partner put it, “There is a massive shift going on in the ways technology is bought. Open source has gone from the exception to the rule.”
What's Really New with NewSQL?
A new class of database management systems (DBMSs) called NewSQL tout their ability to scale modern on-line transaction processing (OLTP) workloads in a way that is not possible with legacy systems. The term NewSQL was first used by one of the authors of this article in a 2011 business analysis report discussing the rise of new database systems as challengers to these established vendors (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft). The other author was working on what became one of the first examples of a NewSQL DBMS. Since then several companies and research projects have used this term (rightly and wrongly) to describe their systems.
Open-Source Software Companies Try a New Business Model
Open-source software won the hearts and minds of corporate tech strategists, but the first-generation of open-source software startups largely failed to gain commercial traction. A new generation is selling to the CIO in a different way.
CockroachDB with Ben Darnell
Google has published papers on distributed systems such as BigTable, Chubby, and the Google File System. During this episode, we focus on a product that takes inspiration from Google’s Spanner project, a database that is built on a distributed monolithic sorted map: CockroachDB, a scalable, survivable, consistent SQL database. Today’s guest Ben Darnell is the CTO of Cockroach Labs, and he joins us today to discuss SQL and NoSQL distributed databases.
This NYC Startup Raised $20M to Make Your Data Easy to Work With
Starting your business for some begins easy, but what happens when you begin expanding and your RDBMS can’t hold what you need? You are sick of splitting between two servers and your NoSQL does not give you the quality you want. Introducing Cockroach Labs’ CockroachDB.
CockroachDB-More than just an invincible database!
App startups are nothing but precious databanks that churn and use data in a desirable manner. Data is extremely important. It needs to be safely stored and speedily retrieved whenever needed. A lot of database architecture promise to combine both factors and provide you with a perfect solution. However, none of these can save you in an event of a catastrophe.
The Daily Startup: March 31, 2016
Cockroach Labs Inc., an open-source database developer, has raised $20 million in Series A1 funding led by Index Ventures, which had participation from Benchmark.
Cockroach Labs crawls away with $20M from Benchmark, Google Ventures
New York-area startups and venture capitalists are making funding deals with the hopes of creating the next profitable company. Here’s one deal announced this week: Cockroach Labs, a provider of open source infrastructure and database solutions.
This Company Says It Has Identified the Next 10 Unicorn Startups
The number of new unicorns born in the fourth quarter last year declined sharply from the third quarter, from 23 to nine worldwide. As the “smart money” dries up, identifying the most promising new startups gets even more interesting.
CockroachDB just raised $20 million from Benchmark, Index, and GV
CockroachDB a New York-based open-database company that aims to keep the applications of its enterprise customers up and running, even when their data centers and cloud infrastructure suddenly go offline, has raised $20 million in Series A1 funding.
Scalable, disaster-resistant CockroachDB enters public beta
As tough to take down as its namesake, CockroachDB combines high fault-tolerance, strong consistency, and horizontal scalability with familiar SQL syntax.
Databases Will Inherit the Earth
Whether you are booking a flight on Expedia, ordering up a ride on Uber or posting your latest vacation photo on Facebook, you are talking to a database somewhere. Databases are the center of everything that is done in the computing world.
Database Startup Cockroach Labs Picks Up $20M
Cockroach Labs Inc., an open-source database developer, has raised $20 million in Series A1 funding led by Index Ventures, which had participation from Benchmark. Cockroach Labs Chief Executive Spencer Kimball said the company was named before the term “cockroach” had become in use to describe a low-burn, efficient startup. Still, Mr. Kimball said, he didn’t mind the association.
Announcing Our Investment in Cockroach Labs
Today we’re excited to announce that Work-Bench is joining Index Ventures, Benchmark, GV (formerly Google Ventures), FirstMark Capital, and other great investors to back Cockroach Labs in their Series A-1 round.
Cockroach scoops up $20 mln
New York-based Cockroach Labs, which provides open source infrastructure and is launching an OS database solution, has raised $20 million in Series A1 funding fromBenchmark, Index Ventures and GV.
Is Big Data Still a Thing? (The 2016 Big Data Landscape)
In a tech startup industry that loves its shiny new objects, the term “Big Data” is in the unenviable position of sounding increasingly “3 years ago”. While Hadoop was created in 2006, interest in the concept of “Big Data” reached fever pitch sometime between 2011 and 2014. This was the period when, at least in the press and on industry panels, Big Data was the new “black”, “gold” or “oil”. However, at least in my conversations with people in the industry, there’s an increasing sense of having reached some kind of plateau.
The 53 startups that will be huge in 2016, according to venture capitalists
2016 is just around the corner and it’s time to predict which startups will take the tech industry by storm. “Cockroach Labs is launching a web-scale database for the future. The team… has created an “un-kill-able” database,” says Dave Munichiello.
Party Like It’s 1849: The Developer Tools Gold Rush
“You can’t make money selling to developers.” That was a common axiom that permeated the venture community as recently as a few years ago. But just in the last couple of quarters, GitHub, Stripe, Twilio and Slack have all raised giant rounds, valuing each company at at least one billion dollars.
Hello World: Meet CockroachDB, the Resilient SQL Database
Does the world need another database system? Only if it answers some fresh requirement unmet by existing technologies. For CockroachDB, the aim is to be both highly scalable and transactional.
11 Cutting Edge Databases Worth Exploring Now
Only a few years ago, database work was among the most boring of tasks in IT — in a good way. Data went into one of the major SQL databases and it came out later, all in one piece, exactly as it went in.
Four Short Links: 19 September 2015
3. SQL in CockroachDB: Mapping Table Data to Key-Value Storage — very easy-to-follow simple database implementation lesson.
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 4th, 2015
Here’s How CockroachDB Does Distributed, Atomic Transactions. The steps: Switch, Stage, Flip, Unstage.
A New Database Bug
There’s another database engine entering the already full market place. CockroachDB will surely get your attention, simply by the name. What makes this new data engine different? Why would you consider it?
CockroachDB Scampers Off With $6.3 Million to Tackle Database Shortcomings
An open-source database startup with a creepy-crawly name is the latest investment by Peter Fenton, the veteran Benchmark venture capitalist behind Twitter, Zendesk ZEN +0.90% and many other tech firms.
Ex-Googlers Get Millions to Help You Build the Next Google
AFTER SPENCER KIMBALL left Google, he found himself missing some of the custom-built software the company uses internally. So he and a bunch of fellow ex-Googlers started building their own. And now they want to make it available to everyone to power the next Google or Facebook.
Peter Fenton’s latest investment is a database startup called Cockroach
Cockroach Labs, the startup behind an open source database called CockroachDB, announced today that Benchmark has led the startup’s first round of funding, a series A totaling $6.25 million.
CockroachDB: Ultimate In Database Survival
Cockroach Labs announces $6.25 million in funding for its big data system that it says will survive calamity and maintain data integrity.
Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take Down
Now, a team of open source developers wants to make it easier for just about any company to build the sort of resilient cloud computing systems that run online empires like Google. They call their project CockroachDB, billing it as a database with some serious staying power.