Citus 12.1 is out! Now with PG16 Support. Read all about it in Naisila’s 12.1 blog post. 💥
Umur Cubukcu, Sumedh Pathak, Ozgun Erdogan
Our three co-founders Umur Cubukcu, Ozgun Erdogan, and Sumedh Pathak met at graduate school at Stanford. After graduating, Ozgun and Sumedh landed engineering jobs at Amazon in Seattle, and Umur went to make his mark at Boston Consulting Group.
The three were not apart for long. Just five years later, working on NoSQL data architectures, Ozgun thought to himself: there has to be a better way, a way to scale out a database without having to give up transactions, joins, and foreign keys. And in that kernel of frustration, the idea for Citus Data was born. Our team at Citus embraced the relational database—while also extending it to make it horizontally scalable, resilient, and
Once Ozgun, Umur, and Sumedh decided to found the company, they moved to Istanbul to open their first office—and began the hard work of building a company: hiring, coding, architecting solutions, securing office space, naming, incorporating, funding, applying to Y Combinator, moving to San Francisco, and ultimately creating the open source Citus database extension that scales out Postgres. (You can find our Citus open source repo on GitHub.) Fast forward to 2019 when Microsoft acquired Citus Data. At Microsoft, we’re in the next phase of our distributed PostgreSQL journey, continuing to bring you PostgreSQL at any scale—both as open source and in the cloud
Founded Citus Data, moving to Istanbul from Seattle, Hyderabad, and San Francisco, to open the first office
Became a Y Combinator company, YC S11
First Citus user, MixRank, goes into production. “Deployment without a hitch!”
Moved Citus Data headquarters to San Francisco
Launched a PostgreSQL columnar store for analytic workloads (cstore_fdw)
First Citus blog post (of many) to hit #1 on the front page of Hacker News
First release of open source pg_shard extension to PostgreSQL
First of many PostgreSQL conference talks, this one at PGCon in Ottawa
Series A investment led by Khosla Ventures
Unforked Citus & implemented Citus as a Postgres extension
Open sourced the Citus extension to Postgres
GA of Citus Cloud, a fully-managed database as a service
Opened our 3rd global engineering office—in Amsterdam
Donated 1% of Citus Data’s stock to the non-profit PostgreSQL organizations in the US & Europe
Introduced Hyperscale (Citus) on Azure Database for PostgreSQL
Launched GA of Hyperscale (Citus), a
Added columnar storage to Citus & open sourced the shard rebalancer with the release of Citus 10
Opened the CFP for the first Citus Con: An Event for Postgres, a free and virtual developer event
As of the Citus 11 release, you can now query from any node. And Citus is now 100% open source.
New home on Azure. You can now find the Citus managed database service in Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL.
Opened the CFP for Citus Con: An Event for Postgres 2023, a free and virtual developer event
Our Citus and Postgres teams at Microsoft love working on Postgres, whether it be on the open source Citus database engine, or on Azure Database for PostgreSQL, or on our contributions to future versions of the PostgreSQL core. And as of October 2022, Citus has a new home on Azure—as Azure Cosmos DB for PostgreSQL.
We are looking for PostgreSQL experts, tinkerers, enthusiasts, and contributors who want to work on the world’s most advanced open source relational database—and are eager to tackle the breadth of issues faced when running online database services, including challenges with availability, scale, query performance and processing, storage and networking optimizations, & more. We’re on a quest to build the world’s best Postgres—and we’d like your help.
Work on the most advanced open source relational database