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MarkLogic Corporation
HeadquartersSan Carlos, California
Key people
Jeff Casale, CEO Christopher Lindblad, co-founder
ProductsMarkLogic licenses, support, and consulting services
RevenueIncrease $100 Million[1]
OwnerProgress Software
Number of employees

MarkLogic Corporation (founded 2001), based in San Carlos, is an American software business that develops and provides an enterprise NoSQL database, also named MarkLogic. MarkLogic is a privately held company with over 500 employees[2] and was acquired by Vector Capital in October 2020.[3] It has offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

In February 2023, MarkLogic was acquired by Progress Software for $355 million.[4]

The company claims to have over 1,000 customers, including Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, Erie Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson, and the US Army.[5] It also claims that six of the top ten global banks are MarkLogic customers.[citation needed]

In 2016, Forrester Research ranked MarkLogic as one of the nine leading NoSQL database vendors in the market,[6] and appeared in several Gartner Magic Quadrant reports for Operational Database Management Systems.[7] In 2017, Gartner ranked MarkLogic as a 'Visionary' in the data warehouse market.[8]


MarkLogic was first named Cerisent and was founded in 2001[9] by Christopher Lindblad, who was the Chief Architect of the Ultraseek search engine at Infoseek. Assistance from Paul Pedersen, a professor of computer science at Cornell University and UCLA, and Frank R. Caufield, Founder of Darwin Ventures,[10] to address shortcomings with existing search and data products. The product first focused on using XML document markup standard and XQuery as the query standard for accessing collections of documents up to hundreds of terabytes in size.

In 2009, IDC mentioned MarkLogic in a report as one of the top Innovative Information Access Companies with under $100 million in revenue.[11]

In May 2012, Gary Bloom was appointed as Chief Executive Officer.[12] He held senior positions at Symantec Corporation, Veritas Software, and Oracle.[13]

Post-acquisition, the company named Jeffrey Casale as its new CEO.


MarkLogic obtained its first financing of $6 million in 2002 led by Sequoia Capital, followed by a $12 million investment in June 2004, this time led by Lehman Brothers Venture Partners.[14] The company received additional funding of $15 million in 2007 from its existing investors Sequoia and Lehman.[14] The same investors put another $12.5 million into the company in 2009.[15]

On 12 April 2013, MarkLogic received an additional $25 million in funding, led by Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital.[16][17] On May 12, 2015, MarkLogic received an additional $102 million in funding, led by Wellington Management Company, with contributions from Arrowpoint Partners and existing backers, Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, and Northgate Capital. This brought the company's total funding to $173 million and gave MarkLogic a pre-money valuation of $1 billion.[18]

NTT Data announced a strategic investment in MarkLogic on 31 May 2017.[19]


The MarkLogic product is considered a multi-model NoSQL database for its ability to store, manage, and search JSON and XML documents and semantic data (RDF triples).


  • 2001 – Cerisent XQE 1.0[citation needed]
  • 2004 – Cerisent XQE 2.0[citation needed]
  • 2005 – MarkLogic Server 3.0[citation needed]
  • 2006 – MarkLogic Server 3.1
  • 2007 – MarkLogic Server 3.2
  • 2008 – MarkLogic Server 4.0
  • 2009 – MarkLogic Server 4.1
  • 2010 – MarkLogic Server 4.2
  • 2011 – MarkLogic Server 5.0
  • 2012 – MarkLogic Server 6.0
  • 2013 – MarkLogic Server 7.0
  • 2015 – MarkLogic Server 8.0: Ability to store JSON data and process data using JavaScript.[20]
  • 2017 – MarkLogic Server 9.0: Data integration across Relational and Non-Relational data.
  • 2019 – MarkLogic Server 10.0

Licensing and support[edit]

MarkLogic is proprietary software, available under a freeware developer software license or a commercial "Essential Enterprise" license.[21] Licenses are available from MarkLogic or directly from cloud marketplaces such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.


MarkLogic is a multi-model NoSQL database that has evolved from its XML database roots to also natively store JSON documents and RDF triples for its semantic data model. It uses a distributed architecture that can handle hundreds of billions of documents and hundreds of terabytes of data.[citation needed] MarkLogic maintains ACID consistency for transactions and has a Common Criteria certification security model, high availability, and disaster recovery. It is designed to run on-premises within public or private cloud computing environments like Amazon Web Services.[22]

MarkLogic's Enterprise NoSQL database platform is used in publishing, government, finance, and other sectors, with hundreds of large-scale systems in production.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About MarkLogic - the Data Hub Experts".
  2. ^ "Corporate Event Expert Profile: Wendy Laugesen, Director of Global Events, MarkLogic | Corporate Event News". Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. ^ "Vector Capital Completes Acquisition of MarkLogic". MarkLogic. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Progress officially acquires MarkLogic". KMWorld. 2023-02-07. Retrieved 2023-05-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Customers". MarkLogic. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ Yuhanna, Noel. "The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q3 2016". Forrester. Forrester Research. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Data Warehouse Disruptions 2016: Gartner Magic Quadrant - InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  8. ^ "MarkLogic Recognized as a Visionary in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems". Microsoft. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Company Overview of MarkLogic Corporation". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  10. ^ Loizos, Connie (18 August 2008). "Like Father Like Son? Darwin Ventures Raising $100M". The PEHub Network. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  11. ^ "IDC Names Innovative Information Access Companies Under $100M to Watch, Highlighting New Ways to Leverage Information Assets". Business Wire Inc. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  12. ^ Hoge, Patrick (17 May 2012). "MarkLogic appoints Gary Bloom CEO". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  13. ^ Foremski, Tom (17 May 2012). "Former senior Oracle exec Gary Bloom named CEO of Mark Logic". ZDnet. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  14. ^ a b "MarkLogic: AngelList". Angel. AngelList. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  15. ^ Rao, Leena (2009-05-26). "Mark Logic Raises $12.5 Million For XML Server Software". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  16. ^ Novet, Jordan. "MarkLogic nets $25M to keep up enterprise NoSQL pitch". GigaOM. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  17. ^ Joyce, Wells (11 April 2013). "MarkLogic Secures New $25 Million Investment and Targets Four Primary Product Areas". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  18. ^ Darrow, Barb. "MarkLogic snags $102 million in new funding to push its database abroad". Fortune. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  19. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "NTT Data announces strategic investment in NoSQL database provider MarkLogic". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  20. ^ "MarkLogic 4.0 Introduces Stable of New Features for the XML Server". Information Today. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  21. ^ MacFadden, Gary (30 October 2013). "MarkLogic 7 Leads the NoSQL Class, Adding Semantics and Other Enhancements". Wikibon. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  22. ^ a b Nick Heudecker; Merv Adrian (23 August 2013). Who's Who in NoSQL DBMSs (G00252015 ed.). Gartner.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fowler, Adam. "NoSQL for Dummies". ISBN 1118905628, 9781118905623.
  • Taylor, Allen. "Semantics for Dummies". ISBN 9781119112204.
  • Hunter, Jason. "Inside MarkLogic Server"
  • McCreary, Dan, and Ann Kelly. Making Sense of NoSQL. Manning Publications Co. August 2012. ISBN 9781617291074.
  • Zhang, Andy. Beginning MarkLogic with XQuery and MarkLogic Server. Champion Writers, Inc. 24 June 2009. ISBN 1608300153.