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IBM Invests in EnterpriseDB

By John | March 25, 2008

IBM Takes Stake in Open Source Database Vendor

IBM is joining EnterpriseDB’s C round of venture financing which in total raises $10 million for the open source database vendor. Andy Astor, CEO of EnterpriseDB, noted that IBM’s was one of four groups participating (including Charles River Ventures, Fidelity Ventures, Valhalla Partners) in this current financing round. To date, EnterpriseDB has raised $37.5 million in venture financing.

IBM is making some interesting plays in the “commodity” database space. IBM recently bowed out of the SolidDB for MySQL project. Why would IBM throw money into a “C” round investment like this? Might it be interested in a slow play for this technology, or is it interested in the possible cloud play EnterpriseDB opens up? Either way, it appears that IBM is drawing a line in the sand between MySQL and PostrGreSQL.

Mark Hinkle of Socialized Software asked back in January of this year “Does Red Hat try the same thing by snapping up PostgresSQL vendor EnterpriseDB to give themselves the RHEL, JBoss, and database full monty?” It looks like Mark might have the right city but the wrong company.

Some more links..

IBM backs database company EnterpriseDB, squares off against Sun


IBM invests in EnterpriseDB

The 451 Group

EnterpriseDB raises cash and its open-source profile

Matt Asy

IBM backs database company EnterpriseDB, squares off against Sunn

Topics: enterprisedb, ibm, mysql | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “IBM Invests in EnterpriseDB”

  1. Louis DiMeglio Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    First innoDB, now this. I feel bad for mySQL.

  2. Postgres Plus Cloud Edition is boring … « Gobán Saor Says:
    March 27th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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