Redis Cloud Vendor Garantia Data Finalizes $9M In Series A Funding

Today, Garantia Data announced the finalization of $9 million in Series A funding in a round led by Bain Capital Ventures and Carmel Ventures. Garantia Data’s flagship product, Redis Cloud, delivers an enterprise-grade distribution of Redis that boasts high availability and limitless scalability within a fully managed offering hosted on cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Heroku, Cloud Foundry, AppFog, OpenShift and AppHarbor. In an interview with Cloud Computing Today, Garantia Data’s CEO Ofer Bengal noted that Redis Cloud will soon be available on IBM’s SoftLayer IaaS platform as well. Today’s funding raise brings the total capital raised by Redis to $13 million. The latest round of funding will be used both for product development and to expand Garantia Data’s sales operations team. Redis Cloud boasts over 1000 paying customers to date and jostles with the likes of MongoDB and Cassandra for market share within the open source NoSQL space.


Interview With Ofer Bengal, CEO Of Garantia Data, On Redis And The NoSQL Landscape

Cloud Computing Today recently had the privilege to interview Garantia Data CEO Ofer Bengal about the positioning of Redis within the larger landscape of NoSQL databases. Redis is an an open source, in-memory, key value data store. In his responses to the questions below, Bengal remarks on the ability of Redis to “serve a very high volume of write and read requests…at sub millisecond latency,” its “single threaded event-driven architecture,” and protocols that, in collaboration with its other features, render it 5-10 times faster than other in-memory databases. Bengal also elaborates on the richness of data structures within the Redis platform that empower developers to write more elegant and streamlined code.

Garantia Data’s core offering consists of the Redis Cloud and Memcached Cloud on well known cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. Its Redis Cloud platform provides a fully managed service for Redis deployments that includes handling of scalabilty and failover considerations. Garantia Data recently acquired MyRedis, a production-grade deployment of Redis that runs on Heroku and AppHarbor.

1. Cloud Computing Today: Why, in your view, will Redis become the preferred database technology platform?

Ofer Bengal: NoSQL databases like Redis are becoming increasingly popular. According to a 451 Research report, Redis adoption is projected to increase from 11.3 percent today to 15.9 percent in 2015. Redis in particular will become a preferred database technology because it is faster than any other database and it has rich data structures – which are very similar to those of today’s high level programming languages. Leading companies like Twitter and Pinterest use Redis, which shows it is highly useful for companies with rapidly growing datasets.

2. Cloud Computing Today: What differentiates the performance of Redis from other datastores?

Ofer Bengal: Redis is an in-memory database designed from the ground up to serve a very high volume of write and read requests (over 100K ops/sec on a typical cloud instance) at sub millisecond latency. This, in most cases, means two orders of magnitude faster than other disk-based databases. Versus other in-memory databases, Redis is based on a single threaded event-driven architecture which frees it from lock mechanisms. In addition, its protocol is simple and fast to process – making Redis 5x-10x times faster than any other in-memory database available today.

3. Cloud Computing Today: What makes developing apps with Redis a much simpler task than with other database platforms?

Ofer Bengal: Redis has a rich set of data structures which are very similar to those of today’s high level programming languages. Users are also able to do more with Redis as an in-memory database because it is less complicated to manipulate than the same data structure on disk. This means developers do far less damage to the concepts of their programs when using Redis, resulting in faster development, improved code quality and more attractive code.

MyRedis NoSQL Platform Acquired By Garantia Data

This week, Garantia Data announced plans to acquire MyRedis, the production-grade Redis platform that delivers the NoSQL Redis database on the Heroku and AppHarbor platforms. The acquisition positions Garantia data as one of the leading players in the enterprise-grade Redis space and continues to underscore the importance of NoSQL databases as a lynchpin of the Big Data revolution. Redis is an open source, in-memory, key-value data store used by Craigslist, Disqus, Pinterest and Flickr. MyRedis is one of several production-grade Redis deployments that competes with offerings such as Redis To Go, Redis Cloud, openredis and RedisGreen. Garantia’s acquisition of MyRedis positions it to develop the functionality of its Redis Cloud offerings and build upon its recent announcement regarding multi-availability zone replication on Amazon Web Services for its Redis Cloud and Memcached Cloud offerings. MyRedis customers have until July 30, 2013 to initiate the transfer of their applications to Garantia’s Redis Cloud platform.

Garantia Announces Multi-Availability Zone Replication On Amazon Web Services For Redis And Memcached

Garantia Data recently announced multi-availability zone capability on the Amazon Web Services platform that allows customers to replicate instances across different Availability Zones with instant failover functionality, thereby allowing customers to protect themselves against service disruptions specific to a particular Availability Zone (AZ). Garantia specializes in offering enterprise-grade, NoSQL data stores to customers through the Redis and Memcached platforms. The recent announcement of multi-availability zone capability further enhances the enterprise-grade quality of its offering by guaranteeing the continued delivery of an application in the event of technical issues, natural disasters or other disruptions affecting a specific AZ. Garantia currently offers multi-availability replication of the in-memory NoSQL platforms Redis Cloud and the Memcached Cloud within the Amazon Web Services U.S. East region.

More generally, Garantia offers its Redis Cloud on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Heroku, Appfog and AppHarbor, whereas Memcached is offered on Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. This week’s announcement by Garantia points to the proliferation of enterprise-grade, cloud-based NoSQL options over and beyond the likes of MongoDB, Cassandra and Berkeley DB.