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MarkLogic Corporation
Type Private
Industry Software
Founded San Mateo, California (2001)
Headquarters San Carlos, California
Key people

Gary Bloom, CEO

Christopher Lindblad, co-founder
Products MarkLogic Essential Enterprise; MarkLogic Global Enterprise
Employees 360

MarkLogic is an American software business that makes a NoSQL database.[1][2] The company has its headquarters in Silicon Valley with field offices in Washington D.C., New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Chicago, Singapore, Paris and Utrecht.


The company was founded in 2001 by Christopher Lindblad,[3] who was the Chief Architect of the Ultraseek search engine at Infoseek, and Paul Pedersen, a professor of computer science at Cornell University and UCLA, to address shortcomings with existing search and data products. At the time, it used the then-dominant XML document markup standard and XQuery as the query standard for accessing collections of documents up to hundreds of terabytes in size. Newer versions handle JSON data and use XSLT, and MarkLogic 8 will process data using JavaScript.[4]

In May 2012 Gary Bloom joined MarkLogic as Chief Executive Officer.[5] Prior to joining Veritas Software as CEO in 2000, Bloom held several senior positions at Oracle and was widely considered the successor to Larry Ellison.[6]

MarkLogic is privately held with investments from Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital and Northgate Capital.[7]

In 2012, MarkLogic was the vendor with the largest revenue for Hadoop/NoSQL Software or Services, with 13% of total marketshare.[8]

For the 2012 London Olympics, the BBC used MarkLogic to power its Olympic Data Services, an application that had to be built in 12 months. "Given the timescales, this project would not have been achievable using a SQL database, which would have pushed the design towards more complete modeling of the data."[9] BBC broke all traffic records during the 2-week games, 2.8 Petabytes on peak day, including more than 100m video requests.[10]

Since 1 October 2013, MarkLogic has been used to help power the U.S. government site.[11]


MarkLogic is a NoSQL document database that has evolved from its XML database roots to embrace the "enterprise NoSQL" label. In addition to the distributed, scale-out architecture expected from a NoSQL database, it has role-based security features, JSON storage, direct use of Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), multiple indexing strategies and ACID consistency.[12] It is the most popular native XML DBMS as of April 2013.[13] The product combines a database, search engine and application services together in one platform.

MarkLogic features include replication, rollback, automated failover, point-in-time recovery, backup/restore, backup to Amazon S3, JSON, can run directly on Hadoop Distributed File System, parallelized ingest, role-based security, full text search, location services, geospatial alerting, RDF triple store and SPARQL query support.[14]

MarkLogic Server is available under various licensing and delivery models. These were announced in October 2013:[15]

MarkLogic Developer: Free, full-featured version. Included API's extend to all versions of MarkLogic. Not for production use.[16]
MarkLogic Essential Enterprise: Full-featured Enterprise NoSQL database that includes search engine, replication, backup, high availability, recovery, fine-grained security, location services, and alerting. Semantics and advanced language packs are options. Available as perpetual license, term/yearly license or hourly on AWS.[17]
MarkLogic Global Enterprise: Version designed for use for large, globally distributed applications. Semantics, tiered storage, geospatial alerting and advanced language packs are options.

Sample applications[edit]

MarkLogic's Enterprise NoSQL database platform is widely used in publishing, government, finance and other sectors, with some hundreds of large-scale systems in production. Below are some of the organizations using MarkLogic.

US Affordable Care Act[edit]

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, responsible for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) uses MarkLogic to power its database, including the Federal Data Services Hub and parts of Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

According to the New York Times, the main contractor for ACA originally objected to using MarkLogic. "CGI officials argued that it would slow work because it was too unfamiliar. Government officials disagreed, and its configuration remains a serious problem."[46] The Times story did not say that MarkLogic's software is bad but stated, "CGI officials argued that it would slow work because it was too unfamiliar."[47]

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 5: MarkLogic topped last week's Silicon Valley fundings". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "MarkLogic nets $25M to keep up enterprise NoSQL pitch". Gigaom. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Lindblad". CrunchBase. 
  4. ^ "MarkLogic 4.0 Introduces Stable of New Features for the XML Server". Information Today. 2008-10-09. 
  5. ^ Hoge, Patrick (17 May 2012). "Reporter". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Foremski, Tom. "Former senior Oracle exec Gary Bloom named CEO of Mark Logic". ZDnet. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Joyce, Wells. "MarkLogic Secures New $25 Million Investment and Targets Four Primary Product Areas". Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Jeff. "Hadoop-NoSQL Software and Services Market Forecast 2012–2017". Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Rogers, David. "Building the Olympic Data Services". BBC. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  10. ^ ORiordan, Cait. "The story of the digital Olympics: streams, browsers, most watched, four screens". BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Nick Heudecker; Merv Adrian (23 August 2013). Who's Who in NoSQL DBMSs (G00252015 ed.). Gartner. 
  13. ^ "DB-Engines Ranking of Native XML DBMS". DB-Engines. 
  14. ^ Feinberg, Donald; Merv Adrian; Nick Heudecker (21 October 2013). "Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems". Gartner. 
  15. ^ MacFadden, Gary. "MarkLogic 7 Leads the NoSQL Class, Adding Semantics and Other Enhancements". Wikibon. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Developer License - MarkLogic Developer Community". 
  17. ^ "AWS Marketplace: MarkLogic Essential Enterprise". 
  18. ^ O'Brien, Tim. "Interview with Jason Hunter of". O'Reilly Community. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  19. ^ "MarkMail list of lists". 
  20. ^ "Testimonial video: Editorial Content Consolidation and Delivery in a Digital First World". MarkLogic. 
  21. ^ "APA PsycNET® Is Now Powered by MarkLogic". 
  22. ^ "BC and Press Association select MarkLogic to handle Olympics data". 
  23. ^ Rudin, Rob. "Boeing Develops National Security App on MarkLogic". 
  24. ^ Lipton, et al., Eric. "Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  25. ^ MacFadden, Gary. "MarkLogic 7 Leads the NoSQL Class, Adding Semantics and Other Enhancements". Wikibon. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "CQ Roll Call Takes Access to Unstructured Information to a New Level with MarkLogic". reuters. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  27. ^ Quint, Barbara. "Dow Jones Moving to MarkLogic Platform; Factiva First". 
  28. ^ "Fairfax County land—use solution puts big data on the map". Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  29. ^ Lawrence, Will. "Interview: FAA, Will Lawrence". 
  30. ^ "Power Through Reading Analytics—The Future of Publishing with MarkLogic". 
  31. ^ "Informatics Corporation of America Revolutionizes Healthcare". 
  32. ^ "Content Factory: The Example of Lagardere Active". 4dconcepts. 
  33. ^ Darrow, Barb. "LexisNexis puts MarkLogic to work in big data makeover". gigaom. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  34. ^ "XQuire: Advantages of MarkLogic 6". 
  35. ^ "Government Agencies Discuss the Importance of Managing Unstructured Data at MarkLogic Government Summit". 
  36. ^ "Unstructured Data contained by MarkLogic". 
  37. ^ "McGraw—Hill Builds Revenue and Future on MarkLogic". 
  38. ^ "Journey from Print to Online". 
  39. ^ Heath, Nick. "How PA cleared the big data hurdle at the London Olympics". European Technology. 
  40. ^ "RSuite CMS + MarkLogic Server: Perfect together". 
  41. ^ Leonard, John. "A positive reaction: big data technology at the Royal Society of Chemistry". Computing. 
  42. ^ "US patent office embraces big data". 
  43. ^ "Warner Bros TOPS". 
  44. ^ "Wiley Uses Mark Logic for Custom Publishing Application". Retrieved 21 April 2009. 
  45. ^ "Complex Data is a Totally Different Beast". 
  46. ^ Lipton, et al., Eric. "Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  47. ^ NYT: Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice, Posted by timothy, Slashdot, 24 November 2013

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