Database startup Parelastic rebrands as Tesora, embraces OpenStack

Parelastic, which launched in 2010 to attack the MySQL scalability problem, is renaming itself Tesora and casting its lot with the OpenStack community to build atop the OpenStack Trove database-as-a-service project.
“Tesora” means treasure in Italian, which sort of fits into the Trove theme, said company co-founder and CEO Ken Rugg. The company’s original goal was to make MySQL better able to handle workload spikes by layering middleware atop it to distribute incoming requests.
The promise is that it boosts database performance while preserving the MySQL skill sets of thousands of database admins who know MySQL like the back of their hand but are less knowledgeable about tweaking and running NoSQL databases.
Going forward, the current Parelastic database virtualization engine will plug into the new OpenStack-based platform (or CloudStack and other clouds), he said.
Waltham, Mass.–based Tesora has about $8.7 million in venture funding from General Catalyst Partners, Point Judith Capital, CommonAngels and Launch Capital.