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pgEdge unveils distributed edge database using PostgreSQL, secures $9M in seed financing

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pgEdge unveils distributed edge database using PostgreSQL, secures $9M in seed financing

pgEdge Incorporation has launched a distributed edge database system based on the open-source PostgreSQL database that is optimized for applications at the network edge.

The database system has multi-master capabilities, meaning multiple nodes or instances can simultaneously act as both master and replica nodes. Each node can accept read and write requests from applications, which automatically replicate to other nodes in the system.

pgEdge distributed edge database provides reduced data latency and high availability for applications running at the network edge and across cloud regions, the company says. The database system can reduce webpage load times and improve the customer experience for e-commerce and SaaS companies.

“For leading e-commerce companies like ours, pgEdge is a game changer and will give us fast page loads and a smooth customer experience regardless of where our customer is located,” says David Ting, the CTO of Zenni Optical.

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The executives at PublicRelay, a SaaS media analytics company, have been testing this distributed edge database in the United States and Europe. According to Bill Mitchell, the CTO of PublicRelay, the solution has improved the user experience for its international customers.

pgEdge database system is available in two options: distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) or downloadable self-hosting software.

“We founded pgEdge to provide an open Postgres-based distributed database platform to meet the demands of today’s modern applications: always on, always global, and super responsive,” says Phillip Merrick, the co-founder and CEO of pgEdge Incorporation.

pgEdge also secured $9 million in a seed financing round led by Sands Capital and Grotech Ventures.

“As investors we rarely see companies that combine an exceptionally large market opportunity with such an experienced founding team,” states Gene Riechers, a venture partner at Sands Capital Ventures.

The emergence of pgEdge comes as companies like Akamai, which have provided CDN, security and other services on distributed infrastructure, have been building out other services such as edge server and database functionality. Akamai invested last year in Macrometa, a provider of a globally-distributed edge database service, for example.

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