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Clustrix Gets $16.5 Million C Round

The venture has gotten a total of $46.5 million in financing so far

Clustrix, the start-up with the NewSQL database that's supposed to have no size limits, has raised a $16.5 million C round to build out distribution for the scale-out cloud database and push it into real-time analytics, e-commerce and web-scale applications.

Counting the new money the venture has gotten a total of $46.5 million in financing so far and will probably be back for more.

The company's existing investors Sequoia Capital, US Venture Partners, ATA Ventures and former Cisco exec Don Listwin, CEO of Openwave Systems, kicked in.

Founded in 2006, Clustrix spent four years developing its newfangled RDBMS and now says it's got 30 customers worldwide.

It says it needs to expand beyond its on-premise appliance, get on more public and private cloud platforms and make the proprietary database available to developers.

Last month it released Clustrix 5.0 on Amazon Web Services. It already has Database-as-a-Service arrangement with Rackspace, GoGrid, Equinix and BlueBoxGroup.

CEO Robin Purohit figures "The combination of Big Data and cloud computing has broken the legacy database, creating an industry transition to new scale-out database platforms." Clustrix' reinvented relational database is supposed to be an ideal vehicle for the transition.

The widgetry is designed to scale to unlimited users, transactions and data, automating fault tolerance and eliminating database sharding. On AWS it supports simultaneous high-scale transactions and fast real-time analytics on the same operational data set.

It's supposed to be handling one trillion transactions in production a month.

Customers include Rakuten, CSC, Symantec, AOL, MakeMyTrip, Photobox, MedExpert, engage:BDR, AdScience and Massive Media.

Clustrix is advertised as a drop-in replacement for MySQL infrastructure. MySQL is owned by Oracle, which owns most the database market.

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