ScaleArc has raised $12.3 million in a Series C round led by Accel
Partners for its database infrasrtucture software. Trinity Ventures and
Nexus Ventures also participated in the round, which brings the company’s
total investment to $18.3 million.
ScaleArc gives visibility into an application’s database and helps solve
the scaling issues that plague SaaS providers, web services, and any
application deployment in the data center or the public cloud. Its
software sits between the application and the actual database.
Once there, the software provides the following:
• A view of database traffic with granular real-time analytics of the
• Scalability and availability for databases with dynamic clustering,
load balancing and sharding capabilities.
• An SQL-NoSQL hybrid caching engine, allowing for a NoSQL cache
without any code changes or drivers.
Most valuable data is stored in SQL. To cache data in the database is a
manual task that requires specific skills such as how to write the logic
and then configure it.
ScaleArc automates and abstracts the complexity to give customers a deep
view into the database. F5 has achieved success by offering this kind of
networking capability. ScaleArc provides a visibiity, for example, with
Microsoft Sharepoint. ScaleArc caches Sharepoint content requests to not
overload the database.
Customers get analytics to give a view of what should be cached and what
should not. Analytics are actiomable right out of the box.
ScaleArc is developing application templates to provide automatic caching
without configuration. This would be useful with an application like
ScaleArc has a core market in websites that need to scale or are having
scaling issues. One SaaS client had two outages that cost it considerable
revenue due to service level agreements that bound them to certain uptime
requirements. ScaleArc makes the datbabase issues more manageable.
The software is available as a virtual or turn-key appliance. It is
“cloud ready” and can run on service providers such as Amazon Web
Services (AWS), GoGrid and Joyent. On AWS, it provides capabilities such
as load balancing across servers and de-duplication across different
An emerging market for ScaleArc is the world of NoSQL databases. It has a
custom SQL-NoSQL store for adding performance between the structured
world of SQL and the unstructured dynamics of its NoSQL counterpart.
ScaleArc plans to support NoSQL as a backend database, much like it does
with SQL. There are still lots of matters to resolve with NoSQL. For
example, how is a peak load defined in a NoSQL database? How is this done
in a geographic specific manner?
ScaleArc haS 37 employees and plans to expand to 60 by the end of the
ScaleArc competes with companies such as Citrix and Netscaler. The
company has a big lead but the question is how can it keep that lead?
NoSQL is the great frontier and there is sure to be competition in that
fast emerging space.