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Microsoft has just acquired Citus Data, an open source PostgreSQL database provider, to differentiate an existing Azure offering: Azure Database for PostgreSQL.


  • Citus Data will differentiate the Azure PostgreSQL database service.
  • Microsoft is upping its commitment to open source.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes why Microsoft bought Citus Data.
  • Analyzes what the Citus Data acquisition means for Microsoft's open source strategy.

Key questions answered

  • Why did Microsoft buy Citus Data?
  • How is Microsoft supporting and investing in open source, and what does it mean for the Azure cloud platform?

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  • Summary
  • Citus Data will differentiate Azure PostgreSQL database service
  • Putting skin into open source
  • How far will Microsoft take open source?


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