DBOS Debuts Database-Oriented Operating System, Backed by $8.5M

DBOS, Inc., the developer of a prominent cloud-native operating system, is debuting its first product offering on the heels of its seed funding results led by Engine Ventures and Construct Capital, with participation from Sinewave and GutBrain Ventures. Backed by $8.5 million in funding, DBOS is releasing DBOS Cloud, a solution born from the idea of building database-oriented infrastructure in the cloud.

DBOS is radicalized by the sense that cloud infrastructure has gotten far too complex. With operating systems built for an older world of technology, many enterprises trying to adapt to a cloud native era are left adopting an endless number of intricate tools layered on top of each other, according to Peter Kraft, architect and co-founder of DBOS.

The key to succeeding in the cloud native world is simplicity, according to DBOS. Backed by years of joint MIT-Stanford research and development—as well as being led by Turing Award laureate and Postgres creator, Mike Stonebraker, and Databricks co-founder and CTO, Matei Zaharia—DBOS (database-oriented operating system) runs OS services on top of a high-performance distributed database, bringing ease to cloud infrastructures everywhere.

“The cloud has outgrown 33-year-old Linux, and it’s time for a new approach,” said Mike Stonebraker. “If you run the OS on a distributed database as DBOS does, fault-tolerance, multi-node scaling, state management, observability, and security get much easier. You don’t need containers or orchestration layers, and you write less code because the OS is doing more for you.”

DBOS Cloud is a transactional serverless application platform—fueled by the DBOS operating system—designed to bring simplistic, scalable, fault-tolerant, cyber-resilient development, deployment, and operations experiences to developers. Built to run serverless functions, workflows, and applications, DBOS Cloud reduces complexity for developers while increasing their cybersecurity position.

“Our main goal was to make it simpler,” said Kraft. “[DBOS brings] a new, simpler, fundamentally cloud native abstraction on top of the database that makes it much easier for people to  build things in the cloud.”

DBOS Cloud is optimized for database-backed transactional applications and offers support for stateful functions and workflows. By storing everything in the database, DBOS offers built-in fault tolerance with guaranteed once-and-only-once execution reliability. Additionally, DBOS Cloud delivers time-travel functionality that entirely simplifies debugging, driving faster and easier disaster recovery.

DBOS Cloud further provides SQL-accessible observability data and the enablement of cyberattack self-detection and self-recovery for greater visibility and defense against emerging cyberthreats.

“The cybersecurity implications of DBOS are truly transformative,” said Michael Coden, DBOS co-founder and former head of cybersecurity practice at BCG Platinion. “By simplifying the cloud application stack, DBOS greatly reduces the attack surface of cloud applications. On top of that, DBOS enables self-detection of cyberattacks within seconds without the use of expensive external analytics tools, and it can restore itself to a pre-attack state in minutes. It’s a DevSecOps game-changer.”

DBOS’ recent funding will be leveraged to grow its engineering team and continuously improve DBOS Cloud, particularly for its open source DBOS SDK (currently for TypeScript), the DBOS Time Travel Debugger, and the DBOS operating system.

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