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NuoDB is a database startup company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It sells a NewSQL database that works in the cloud. It can work both for single vendor cloud setup as well as multi vendor cloud setup.

Industry Database technology
Predecessors Nimbus DB
Founded 2008
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


The firm was founded in 2008 as NimbusDB, and changed its name to NuoDB in 2011.[1][2] The company co-founders are Barry S. Morris, CEO and Jim Starkey. NuoDB is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3][4]

In 2012, the firm received $12 million total in venture capital.[4][5] Later, they received another round of investment of $14.2 million after adding Dassault Systèmes to their existing investors. The total investment is $26.2 million.[6]

In 2013, Gartner listed NuoDB as a niche player in its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems.[7]


NuoDB is a distributed database company that sells “client/cloud relational database technology solutions.”[1][8] The NuoDB database is SQL compliant and has been called ‘NewSQL.’[3] It has a distributed object architecture that works in the cloud,[3][9] which means that when a new server is added in order to scale-up the database, the database runs faster.[4][10][11] The database scales out without sharding.[12] The database distributes tasks amongst several processors to avoid bottlenecks of data.[13] It uses peer-to-peer messaging to route tasks to nodes,[14] and it is ACID compliant.[15]

The database uses a “tiered approach — comprising multiple, redundant tiers of transaction engines (TE) and storage managers (SM).” This approach helps scale the data predictably in the cloud. NuoDB domains consist of several redundant TEs and SMs that can run on the same platform. Adding database capacity can be done by adding more TEs or SMs. NuoDB can support Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris x86, Amazon EC2 and JoyentCloud.[16] The NuoDB Blackbirds release, the company's second generation DBMS, functions with one database distributed across more than one Amazon AWS servers in different locations.[17]

The system was designed to align with – and expand upon – IBM computer scientist Edgar F. Codd’s 12 rules for relational databases.[14] It adds the ability to run anywhere; elastic scalability; nonstop availability; a single, logical database; and distributed security. [18] The system can process more than 1 million transactions per second.[19] It is available in a free limited version, a free developer version, a professional paid version, and an enterprise version.[19][20][21]

Release history[edit]

The firm's beta 8 database was released on April 9, 2012 and allowed platform support for Oracle Solaris.[22] Release Candidate 1 was announced on November 15, 2012.[23]

NuoDB Starlings release 1.0 was announced on January 15, 2013,[19] and version 1.2 was released in August 2013.[24]

Version 2.0, called the Blackbirds Release, was released in October 2013 with extended geographical support.[17]


NuoDB patented its “elastically scalable database”. The patent was filed March 8, 2011 and approved on July 17, 2012.[3][22] U.S. Patent 8,224,860 states the inventor as Jim Starkey.[25]


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  4. ^ a b c Alspach, Kyle. “NuoDB: We’ve invented the database of the future.” Boston Business Journal. July 30, 2012
  5. ^ Alspach, Kyle. “Database startup NuoDB names backers in $10M roundup.” Boston Business Journal. July 9, 2012
  6. ^ McMillan, Liz. "NuoDB Announces New Round of Investment." February 27, 2014
  7. ^ Feinberg, Donald. Adrian, Merv. Heudecker, Nick. Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. Gartner. October 21, 2013
  8. ^ Clark, Jack. "NuoDB slurps European cash for database expansion" The Register. February 26, 2014
  9. ^ Alspach, Kyle. “Big data updates: Terascala, NuoDB.” Boston Business Journal. September 4, 2012
  10. ^ Gibbs, Mark. "NuoDB, a new approach to SQL databases." Network World. February 7, 2013
  11. ^ Proctor, Seth. "Exploring the Architecture of the NuoDB Database, Part 1." InfoQ. July 12, 2013
  12. ^ Bourque, Andre. "An Elastically Scalable Database? Tap the 90 Partner Sam Kumarsamy and NuoDB." Technorati. October 16, 2012
  13. ^ Darrow, Bob. “New-look database startup NuoDB gets $10M to scale up and out.” Gigaom. July 9, 2012
  14. ^ a b Darrow, Bob. “Boston is a database hub. Here are 5 startups to watch.” Gigaom. March 2, 2012
  15. ^ Kusnetzky, Dan. “NuoDB developer profile.” ZDnet. July 30, 2012
  16. ^ Swoyer, Stephen. "NuoDB: A Database for the Cloud." TDWI. November 13, 2012
  17. ^ a b Bridgwater, Adrian. "The Multi-Version Concurrent Database is Born." Dr. Dobb's World of Software. October 22, 2013
  18. ^ Kanaracus, Chris. "NuoDB launches cloud-friendly database." ComputerWorld. January 15, 2013
  19. ^ a b c Gibbs, Mark. "NuoDB, a new approach to SQL databases." ComputerWorld Techworld. February 7, 2013
  20. ^ Walton, Zach. "NuoDB Officially Launches Its Cloud-Based Database." WebProNews. January 29, 2013
  21. ^ Bell, Peter. "NuoDB Launches Scalable, Cloud Based, Relational Database." InfoQ. March 12, 2013
  22. ^ a b DeLuca, Nick.“BostInno Business Wrap: Carbonite, NuoDB, iRobot, Big Data Boston, and More.” BostInno. August 10, 2012
  23. ^ Eden, Whitney."New Product News - Nov. 15, 2012" Information Management. November 15, 2012
  24. ^ Pinal, Dave. "SQL-NuoDB Releases 1.2 has Several SQL Enhancements." SQL Authority. August 8, 2013
  25. ^ United States Patent 8,224,860 approved July 17, 2012.