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MarkLogic Corporation
Industry Software
Founded 2001
Headquarters San Carlos, California
Key people

Gary Bloom, CEO

Christopher Lindblad, co-founder
Products MarkLogic licenses, support, and consulting services

MarkLogic Corporation is an American software business that develops and provides an enterprise NoSQL database, also named MarkLogic. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in San Carlos, California. MarkLogic is a privately held company with over 500 employees and has offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

MarkLogic has over 1,000 customers, including Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, Erie Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson, and the US Army.[1] Also, six of the top ten global banks are MarkLogic customers.

According to Forrester Research, MarkLogic is one of the nine leading NoSQL databases vendors in the market[2] and appears in several Gartner Magic Quadrant reports for Operational Database Management Systems.[3] In 2017, Gartner ranked MarkLogic as a 'Visionary' in the Data Warehouse market.[4]


MarkLogic was first named Cerisent and was founded in 2001[5] by Christopher Lindblad,[6] 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, and Frank R. Caufield,[7] Founder of Darwin Ventures,[8] 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.[9]

In May 2012, Gary Bloom joined MarkLogic as Chief Executive Officer.[10] He held senior positions at Symantec Corporation, Veritas Software, and Oracle.[11]


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.[12] The company received additional funding of $15 million in 2007 from its existing investors Sequoia and Lehman.[12] The same investors put another $12.5 million into the company in 2009.[13]

On 12 April 2013, MarkLogic received an additional $25 million in funding, led by Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital.[14][15] 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.[16]

NTT Data announced a strategic investment in MarkLogic on 31 May 2017.[17]


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).


  • 2003—Cerisent XQE 1.0
  • 2004—Cerisent XQE 2.0
  • 2005—MarkLogic Server 3.0
  • 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.[18]
  • 2017—MarkLogic Server 9.0: Data integration across Relational and Non-Relational data.

Licensing and support[edit]

MarkLogic is available under various licensing and delivery models, namely a free Developer or an Essential Enterprise license.[19] 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, the data model for semantics. MarkLogic uses a distributed architecture that can handle hundreds of billions of documents and hundreds of Terabytes of data. MarkLogic maintains ACID consistency for transactions and has a Common Criteria certification security model, high availability and disaster recovery. MarkLogic is designed to run on-premises within public or private cloud environments like Amazon Web Services.[20]

MarkLogic's Enterprise NoSQL database platform is widely used in publishing, government, finance and other sectors, with hundreds of large-scale systems in production.[20]

Notable Customers[edit]


Increasing pressure for consumer protection in investment services such as MiFID laws required banks to process and analyze a large volume and variety of data for reporting requirements. ABN AMRO selected MarkLogic to bring unstructured and structured trade data into one central operational trade data store, and keeps records of every order and trade event.[21][22]


In 2012, MarkLogic was selected by the British Broadcasting Corporation to power its Olympic Data Services of the 2012 London Olympics.[23] Following the success of the London Olympics data services, BBC moved its popular iPlayer video on-demand services from its legacy relational database system onto MarkLogic.[24]

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Since 1 October 2013, MarkLogic has been used to help power the U.S. government's site in some limited components as the primary transactional data is in a different RDBMS, launched to support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The site had trouble at launch, and according to the New York Times, the main contractor for ACA originally objected to using MarkLogic.[25][26]


In February 2015, NBC launched a mobile app for its iconic Saturday Night Live show, and as of September 2015, the app had been used to stream over 100 Million clips. MarkLogic is the database used for storing and searching metadata, and the app also has a predictive engine connected to the database that keeps users engaged with the content. [27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Customers". MarkLogic. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ Yuhanna, Noel. "The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q3 2016". Forrester. Forrester Research. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Data Warehouse Disruptions 2016: Gartner Magic Quadrant - InformationWeek". InformationWeek. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  4. ^ "MarkLogic Recognized as a Visionary in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems". Microsoft. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Company Overview of MarkLogic Corporation". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Christopher Lindblad | Crunchbase Profile". CrunchBase. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Frank Caufield". Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  8. ^ Loizos, Connie (18 August 2008). "Like Father Like Son? Darwin Ventures Raising $100M". The PEHub Network. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ Hoge, Patrick (17 May 2012). "MarkLogic appoints Gary Bloom CEO". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  11. ^ Foremski, Tom (17 May 2012). "Former senior Oracle exec Gary Bloom named CEO of Mark Logic". ZDnet. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  12. ^ a b "MarkLogic: AngelList". Angel. AngelList. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  13. ^ Rao, Leena (2009-05-26). "Mark Logic Raises $12.5 Million For XML Server Software". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  14. ^ Novet, Jordan. "MarkLogic nets $25M to keep up enterprise NoSQL pitch". GigaOM. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  15. ^ Joyce, Wells (11 April 2013). "MarkLogic Secures New $25 Million Investment and Targets Four Primary Product Areas". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  16. ^ Darrow, Barb. "MarkLogic snags $102 million in new funding to push its database abroad". Fortune. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  17. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "NTT Data announces strategic investment in NoSQL database provider MarkLogic". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  18. ^ "MarkLogic 4.0 Introduces Stable of New Features for the XML Server". Information Today. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  19. ^ MacFadden, Gary (30 October 2013). "MarkLogic 7 Leads the NoSQL Class, Adding Semantics and Other Enhancements". Wikibon. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  20. ^ a b Nick Heudecker; Merv Adrian (23 August 2013). Who's Who in NoSQL DBMSs (G00252015 ed.). Gartner.
  21. ^ "ABN AMRO selects MarkLogic for Trade Store | Financial Industry & Algorithmic Trading News | Automated Trader". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  22. ^ "ABN Amro selects MarkLogic for trade store | Banking Technology". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  23. ^ Marshall, Sarah (27 July 2012). "How a software firm is helping the BBC and PA with Olympic data". Mousetrap Media Ltd. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  24. ^ Finnegan, Matthew. "BBC iPlayer sees performance uplift after relaunching on NoSQL database". ComputerworldUK. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  25. ^ Lipton, Eric; et al. (23 November 2013). "Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash". 4 April 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  27. ^ Kaufman, Debra. "SNL App Unleashes Power of Metadata". Retrieved 23 November 2015.

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.