Alchemy team led by Russell Sullivan joins Aerospike to integrate AlchemyDB’s index, document store, graph database, and SQL functionality into the Aerospike database

Mountain View, CA – August 28, 2012 – Web-scale applications that demand immediate response and high availability are fueling a meteoric rise in companies that are betting their business on the Aerospike real-time NoSQL database (formerly Citrusleaf). To expand support for these enterprises—many in production within some of the industry’s most data-intensive environments—Aerospike is announcing that it has acquired Alchemy Database (AlchemyDB).

AlchemyDB was the first NewSQL database to integrate relational database management system (RDBMS), document store, and graph database capabilities on top of the Redis open-source key-value store. Aerospike is the only real-time NoSQL database and key-value store that provides predictable ultra-fast performance and uninterrupted operations while scaling transparently to manage billions of objects and terabytes of data. Under terms of the agreement, the AlchemyDB team, led by founder Russell Sullivan, joins Aerospike and is spearheading development efforts to selectively integrate key capabilities of AlchemyDB into Aerospike. The integrated functions will be rolled out over the coming year.

“Aerospike will combine the best enterprise-grade NoSQL key-value store technology with rich enterprise data management functionality,” explains Brian Bulkowski, Aerospike founder and CTO. “Our customers are already building revenue-generating applications that push the limits of speed at scale. AlchemyDB combined with the proven Aerospike platform will further fuel developer creativity and make a new class of real-time big data apps a reality.”

Brian added, “Russ, who is known as ‘Mr. Performance for Redis,’ is a fantastic addition to the team. He is playing a strategic role in integrating AlchemyDB’s rich functionality while maintaining Aerospike’s proven speed, scalability and stability.”

About Russell Sullivan
In his role as an Aerospike principal engineer, Russell Sullivan is leading the integration of AlchemyDB capabilities into the Aerospike real-time NoSQL database and further enhancing its performance. An expert in high-performance and distributed systems, he was the founder and developer of AlchemyDB, an ultra high velocity open source database and the first database to combine SQL, NoSQL key-value store, document store, and GraphDB. Prior to founding AlchemyDB, Russell was a principal engineer of the Makara platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which was acquired by RedHat. He served as vice president of engineering and operations with BE2.com, one of the largest and fastest growing dating sites in the world with 100 million members. He also served as a software architect at Lycos Europe, senior software engineer at 24/7 Real Media, and software programmer at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

“Aerospike has already seen phenomenal success in enterprise deployments with horizontal scaling, high performance, and high availability. With the ability to easily run up to 1 million TPS, the aggregate cluster top speed is ready for very big and fast data,” said Russell Sullivan, Aerospike principal engineer. “I’m excited to join the Aerospike team and empower developers by making many of AlchemyDB’s rich capabilities available on this blazing fast, scale-out platform.”

About Aerospike
Aerospike, Inc. offers the only real-time NoSQL database and key-value store that delivers predictable high performance for mission-critical, Web-scale applications. Aerospike’s flash-optimized, shared-nothing architecture scales linearly, consistently processing over 200k transactions per second per node with sub-millisecond latency. With automatic fail-over, replication, and cross data center synchronization, the Aerospike database reliably stores billions of objects and terabytes of data—while providing 100% uptime and a 10x improvement in TCO over other NoSQL databases. Customers accelerating their business with Aerospike include adMarketplace, AppNexus, eXelate, Sony’s So-net, and The Trade Desk. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @aerospike.com.

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