Analyst Coverage: Philip Howard
The database veterans behind NuoDB, which is the name of both the company and the product, first started to explore its concepts formally in 2008 and the company was founded, at that time named NimbusDB, in 2010. The company changed its name to the present NuoDB in 2011. The company is backed by venture capital and is based in Cambridge, MA.
NuoDB is a so-called ‘NewSQL’ database: a database that looks relational and leverages SQL but isn’t relational under the covers. It is a distributed database system that provides a high-performance, low administration, transaction processing, ACID compliant, SQL database with a much smaller footprint than traditional relational databases.
In addition, with its latest version (2.1), NuoDB is now offering a hybrid environment that not only supports transaction processing but also provides analytic capabilities. It should be noted that the product was designed from the outset to offer general-purpose capabilities—that is, support both transaction processing and analytics—but with the latter only being formally introduced with this release.