Russia’s Runa Capital invests $3.4M in database firm MariaDB

Moscow-based Runa Capital has invested €3 million ($3.4 million) in MariaDB, the open-source database company that offers what began as a MySQL fork (Google and Wikipedia are big-name users). Runa, which is headed up by founders of Acronis and Parallels, is already a backer of the Nginx web server and platform-as-a-service outfit Jelastic. In a statement, MariaDB CEO Patrik Sallner said his firm was looking forward to collaborating with Runa and its other open-source portfolio companies in its enterprise push.

Mo’ money, mo’ data, mo’ cloud on the Structure Show

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If you want an informed opinion on the state of the cloud and the relative merits of the players, Sebastian Stadil’s a good person to ask. Founder and CEO of Scalr, a multi-cloud management company, he keeps his finger on the pulse of all the players and — perhaps more importantly — their customers.

On this week’s Structure Show he handicaps how [company]Google[/company] and [company]Microsoft[/company] are doing in public cloud not just technologically but in terms of their sales strategies which, when it comes to enterprise accounts, may be just as important as technology. And of course the company everyone is measuring by is [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services which leads the pack.  Oh, and he’s got lots to say about the OpenStack ecosystem as well; cloud technologies from [company]Oracle[/company], [company]Joyent[/company] and more.

It was a busy week in the funding arena with Nginx, DataGravity, and Mesopshere all getting substantial VC rounds ($20 million, $50 million and $36 million respectively.) That ain’t chicken feed and we talk that out.

And, of course, this week’s Hortonworks IPO puts the spotlight back on Hadoop and big data in a  big way, which gives us a chance to tout Gigaom’s upcoming Structure Data event which will feature talks from Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden, Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly and MapR CEO John Schroeder.

 

Sebastian Stadil, CEO of Scalr

Sebastian Stadil, CEO of Scalr

 

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Nginx snags $20M to fuel web server push

Nginx, the company behind open-source and commercial versions of the popular web server of the same name, now has $20 million more in venture funding to continue to staff up.

With development offices in Moscow and U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, Nginx has already grown from 12 people last year to 34 now and the new funding will help add engineers as well as sales and support people for the Nginx Plus commercial product, said Gus Robertson, CEO.

This round was led by [company]New Enterprise Associates[/company] and brings total funding to $33 million, from a $10 million Series A round in October 2013 and a $3 million Series A in October 2011. Other backers include e.ventures, MSD Capital, Runa Capital and Box co-founder Aaron Levie.

Nginx is the little engine that could in the web server realm. According to the most recent Netcraft survey numbers from November, giants Microsoft and Google lost share among the busiest websites while Nginx gained share in those sites, powering just over 20 percent of them. Across all sites surveyed, Nginx holds 14.69 percent share, according to Netcraft:

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November 2014 Netcraft app server market share

Fan fave Nginx web server goes commercial

Nginx challenges Microsoft IIS for the number two slot in web server market share, but seems to have even bigger ambitions with its new commercial release.

Nginx creator launching company based on popular web server

Nginx creator Igor Sysoev is planning a company based around the wildly popular open-source web server. Sysoev announced the decision on the Ngnix blog Monday morning, writing that the commercial entity’s primary goals will be better support and more consistent feature releases.