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· 5 min read
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 – and their companies – 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 Data

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.

· 4 min read
Ovais Tariq

Complexity to Simplicity with Tigris

Join the Tigris waitlist and be the first to try the new open-source developer data platform for your next application

Over the past year, we’ve been building a revolutionary new data platform for developers to handle all their applications’ data needs without all the data infrastructure complexity. This is the first truly open source developer data platform available with a simple yet powerful, unified API that spans search, event streaming, and transactional document store. It enables you to focus on building your applications and stop worrying about the data infrastructure.

Today we are opening up the waitlist for you to join our beta program. Tigris is focused on the needs of the developer community and committed to delivering a solution that addresses the unique needs of developers in a data driven environment. The best way for us to build a better platform is to work with our users on a daily basis.

If you are interested in helping us out please add yourself to our waitlist here. We will be providing access to the platform on a rolling basis in the coming weeks.


Why we created Tigris?

While working on the database platforms for companies like Uber, Percona and other startups, we noticed a common problem - Developers are held back by their databases.

Building modern cloud native applications often requires you to bolt on systems and infrastructure components to overcome the shortcomings of your data infrastructure that were never designed to operate in the modern ecosystem.

This means more tools to manage and deploy, and infrastructure complexity that distracts you from building your applications.

This cost of maintaining multiple different systems is not only expensive but is disruptive to development time. Time has become an extremely limited resource for developers. The more complex the environment, the more time is spent troubleshooting, learning new database languages, and maintaining various systems, instead of shipping features and building applications.

This is exactly why we built Tigris. Now developers will spend less time on tedious infrastructure management and more time on what they do best - coding and feature development.

Features to simplify your workflow

  1. Simple APIs: Quickly add data and easily retrieve or edit that data through simple and intuitive APIs.
  2. Flexible Document Model: Our JSON data structure makes it easy to map to the objects in your code while providing the schema enforcement seen in traditional databases. Furthermore, its flexibility makes it easy to evolve your data models.
  3. Zero Cost Schema Evolution: Schemas evolve in a lightweight manner without any downtime. Changes are performed in a transactional manner, take only a few milliseconds to complete and do not require a collection rebuild.
  4. Automatic Index Maintenance & Management: The system makes query tuning a thing of the past with automatic index management and maintenance, meaning you will never have to worry about slow queries due to missing indexes.
  5. Transactions: Strictly serializable isolation, and unlike some other document databases, no confusing read / write concerns to configure, and no cross-shard caveats.
  6. Event Streaming: Built-in event streaming allows you to subscribe and publish events using the same API you use to query and search data. Since data is automatically indexed, you can query all data and search through all events with ease.
  7. Global Search: Search across all your collections using full text or faceted search. All with an integrated search engine that eliminates the need to run a separate search platform and synchronize data.
  8. Cloud Native Architecture: Built as individual components that can be scaled independently to keep performance and scalability high while keeping costs low. Core data storage is built on FoundationDB, a distributed backend that enables nearly limitless scalability.
  9. Open Source: Tigris is truly open source, adhering to an Apache 2 license. Built on open source principles we’re committed to providing a secure, stable, and innovative product.
  10. Multi-tenant by default: Save on investment costs and maximize resource usage. Multi-tenancy provides the much needed flexibility to add new customers and applications quickly and easily.

If you are interested in helping us out please add yourself to our waitlist below. We will be providing access to the platform on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. If you’re selected to participate in the beta, you’ll receive an email invitation to get started.

🚀 Click here to signup for the Tigris beta and get early access!