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Microsoft buys Citus Data to boost open source database in the cloud

January 28, 2019 / Clare Hopping

Microsoft has acquired database business Citus Data in the hope it'll be able to offer customers access to scalable databases on PostgreSQL.The company said it wants to offer developers access to more scalable and flexible systems to deal with larger data volumes in a faster fashion. It says the integration of Citus Data’s software into its platform will allow for more advanced data-led insights. Citus Data is an open source extension to PostgreSQL that transforms the technology into a distributed database. It's available as a fully-managed database as a service, as enterprise software, and as a free open source download, making it flexible enough to integrate into a business’s existing infrastructure.