Karthik Ranganathan, Co-Founder and CTO, Yugabyte

Yugabyte’s co-founders are database builders and operators who met at Facebook, where they scaled the platform from millions to billions of users in just a few years. The team made a bet that the trends they experienced—microservices, containerization, high availability, geographic distribution, APIs developers love to use, and an appetite for open source—would affect most if not all businesses in time. They came together in February 2016 to build YugabyteDB, the distributed SQL database built to power global-scale, cloud native applications.

Coming out of stealth in November 2017 with its first public beta release, YugabyteDB was initially available in two editions: community and enterprise. Going against the trend by other database companies who were moving features into closed source offerings, in July 2019, Yugabyte open sourced previously commercial features and launched YugabyteDB as 100% open source under the Apache 2.0 license. Today the YugabyteDB community is active and growing.

Articles by Karthik Ranganathan, Co-Founder and CTO, Yugabyte

PostgreSQL compatibility is a no-brainer for any modern database offering a unique feature set. Every modern database vendor is now offering some level of compatibility to reach developers and increase adoption. Recently, Google Spanner announced compatibility, saying, "PostgreSQL has emerged as the ‘API' for operational databases." But, even if a database claims compatibility, it can be difficult to decipher what that means in relation to another database, as not all "compatibility" is created equal.

Posted May 04, 2022