Cockroach Labs

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Cockroach Labs
Software
Founded 2015; 3 years ago (2015)
Founder Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis, Ben Darnell
Headquarters New York City
Key people
Spencer Kimball, CEO
Peter Mattis, VP of Engineering
Ben Darnell, CTO
Website www.cockroachlabs.com

Cockroach Labs is a computer software company that develops database management systems for businesses.[1] It is best known for CockroachDB, which has been compared to Google's Spanner database.[2] CockroachDB is an open-sourced software project that is designed to store copies of data in multiple locations in order to deliver requested data when needed.[3][4] It is described as a scalable, consistently-replicated, transactional datastore.[5]

History[edit]

Cockroach Labs was founded in 2015 by ex-Google employees Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis, and Ben Darnell. Prior to Cockroach Labs, Kimball and Mattis were key members of the Google File System team[6] while Darnell was a key member of the Google Reader team.[7] While at Google, all three had previously used Bigtable and were acquainted with its successor, Spanner.[2] After leaving Google, they wanted to design and build something similar for companies outside of Google. By June 2015, the company had nine engineers working on its CockroachDB software.[3]

Spencer Kimball wrote the first iteration of the design in January 2014 and began the open-source project on GitHub in February 2014, allowing outside access and contributions.[8] It attracted a community of experienced contributors, with the co-founders also actively developing the project with conferences, networking, and meet-ups.[9] Its collaborations on GitHub earned it the honor of Open Source Rookie of the Year, a title awarded by Black Duck Software to the top new open-source projects.[9][10]

In June 2015, the company closed $6.25 million in funding from Benchmark, Sequoia, Google Ventures, and FirstMark Capital.[2] As a result of the funding, Benchmark's general partner Peter Fenton was named to the company's board of directors.[3] Additional investors in the funding round were disclosed as Hortonworks chief executive Rob Bearden, CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi, and Cloudera co-founder Jeff Hammerbacher.[1]

Software and features[edit]

Cockroach Labs' main software is CockroachDB, an open-source database built using a Google whitepaper on Spanner.[2] The database is scalable in that a single instance can be run from a laptop while building an app, then scaled to thousands of commodity servers as a business grows.[2]

CockroachDB is designed to run in the cloud and be resilient to failures.[11] CockroachDB is open-source software that is designed to store copies of data in multiple locations in order to deliver requested data when needed.[3] The result is a database that is described as "almost impossible" to take down.[12][4] Even if multiple servers or an entire datacenter were to go offline, CockroachDB would aim to keep services online.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ovide, Shira (June 4, 2015). "CockroachDB Scampers Off With $6.3 Million to Tackle Database Shortcomings". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Finley, Klint (June 4, 2015). "Ex-Googlers Get Millions to Help Build the Next Google". Wired. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Novet, Jordan (June 4, 2015). "Peter Fenton's latest investment is a database startup called Cockroach". VentureBeat. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Babcock, Charles (June 4, 2015). "CockroachDB: Ultimate in Database Survival". Information Week. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Darfler, Benjamin (August 29, 2014). "CockroachDB: A Scalable, Geo-Replicated, Transactional Datastore". InfoQ. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Metz, Cade (July 10, 2012). "Google Remakes Online Empire with Colossus". Wired. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ Wauters, Robin (July 28, 2009). "Steal! Ben Darnell Leaves Google Reader Team, Joins FriendFeed". TechCrunch. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Ewbank, Kay. "CockroachDB Released". I Programmer. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Open Source Rookies of the Year". Black Duck Software. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ "These are the hottest new open-source projects right now". Wired. January 28, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ Finley, Klint (July 22, 2014). "CockroachDB is the resilient cloud software built by ex-Googlers". Wired.co.UK. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ Finley, Klint (July 21, 2014). "Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That's Almost Impossible to Take Down". Wired. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ Noto, Anthony (March 31, 2016). "Cockroach Labs crawls away with $20M from Benchmark, Google Ventures". BizJournals. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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