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Tigris Data launches all-in-one developer data platform to simplify building real-time applications

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Ovais Tariq
Complexity to Simplicity with Tigris
  • Launch to offer open source and serverless API-based developer data platform in order to solve problems around scalability, search and support
  • Platform based on open source database FoundationDB, and backed by leading figures in the world of open source as well as General Catalyst, Basis Set Ventures and Netlify

Sunnyvale, CA - 23rd September 2022 - Tigris Data, a groundbreaking open source developer data platform provider, today announced the launch of its serverless and open source developer data platform Tigris. Tigris is aimed at web and mobile apps, providing a unified API that spans search, event streaming, and transactional document store, along with smart features like automatic indexing and management. By using serverless and a single API, this approach simplifies the data infrastructure for application developers and enables them to focus on building.

The company launched with seed funding of $6.9million, including backing from General Catalyst and Basis Set Ventures as well as a range of open source and software leaders including Guillermo Rauch (CEO at Vercel) and Rob Skillington (CTO and Co-Founder, Chronosphere). In addition, Peter Zaitsev, CEO at Percona, is an Advisor for Tigris. Tigris Data also received funding from Netlify's Jamstack Innovation Fund, which supports the most promising companies in the community.

The cost of maintaining multiple data services is not only expensive, but is disruptive to development time. Tigris is an all-in-one open source developer data platform with a single, unified API to ensure developers spend less time on tedious infrastructure management and more time on what they do best - coding and feature development. Tigris is based on FoundationDB, a distributed database that was open sourced by Apple in 2018 under the Apache 2.0 licence. With FoundationDB at its core, Tigris is designed to help developers to:

  • Eliminate the need for deploying, configuring, securing, monitoring, and maintaining data infrastructure
  • Prevent data silos and data infrastructure sprawl
  • Stop the need for administration operations such as cluster management, query tuning, index optimization, and other maintenance activities
  • Reduce the number of moving parts within applications that can cause outages and slowdowns
  • Remove reliability and scalability issues as applications scale and need changes
  • Avoid vendor lock-in and maintain control of their data

"Developers want to build applications and scale up those services, and they don't want to spend time managing databases or linking up infrastructure components. They want to use an API like approach to interact with data, in just the same way as they interact with other services. And they want to achieve all this fast. This is why we built and launched Tigris," commented Ovais Tariq, CEO at Tigris Data. "Providing that single approach to data management in one developer-friendly environment makes it easier to prevent data infrastructure sprawl and let the developers focus on what they like best - building - while still providing all the services that developers need. Lastly, building this as an open source platform means that developers can avoid lock-in."

As a company, Tigris Data was founded by senior engineers, Ovais Tariq, Himank Chaudhary and Yevgeniy Firsov, that led the development of data storage and management at Uber, where they faced exactly the same challenges around data growth and infrastructure sprawl. Before this, the team worked across various data and infrastructure teams including time at Yahoo, SanDisk, Percona and Khoros. With this experience, the team was inspired with the idea of creating a developer data platform to simplify data applications without sacrificing speed or scalability.

"Ovais and the whole team at Tigris are super focused on customer value - building a true platform solution that scales with the developer," said Quentin Clark, managing director at General Catalyst. "Out in the industry, we are seeing innovation towards eliminating the depth of 'infrastructure' expertise that was once necessary to build to scale. Tigris is exactly this."

"Developers increasingly make the decisions that set their applications โ€“ and their companies โ€“ on the route to success. Being the developer data platform of choice for developers is a huge market that existing companies have not fully solved, so there is a great opportunity for new entrants to win here. We are pleased to support the Tigris Data team in their approach," added Xuezhao Lan, Founder and Managing Partner, Basis Set Ventures.

"The open source market continues to innovate and find solutions to the problems that developers and data professionals face. Simplifying the interactions around data using API interface fits with how developers want to build and implement their applications in the cloud. I'm happy to support Ovais and his team in building Tigris as they start their journey," commented Peter Zaitsev, advisor to Tigris Data and CEO at open source database company Percona.

About Tigris Dataโ€‹

Tigris Data provides an open source developer data platform that enables developers to store, access, stream, and search data from the tools and languages they already use and love. It provides all the base functionality developers need to build robust, data-driven applications in seconds, making it easier to run and manage the applications that deliver what customers want. Join the Tigris waitlist and be the first to try the new open-source developer data platform for your next application.