Xata is a database service for serverless applications – TechCrunch


Meet Error, a startup with a new vision of managed databases. The company runs your database for you and turns it into an API so that you can query and update it from your serverless application. Xata has raised a funding round of $ 5 million. Their product is not ready for prime time yet, but the company is sharing details.

Xata seems particularly suitable for Jamstack websites. Jamstack has been a popular way to develop and implement websites at scale. Popular Jamstack hosting platforms include Netlify, Vercel and Cloudflare Pages.

Applications are deployed on a global edge network, and most of the logic is handled by API calls. The result is a website or application that loads quickly and can handle a large amount of traffic.

Implementing a Jamstack website is quite easy, as it often integrates tightly with your Git repository. When you make changes to your code, serverless platforms take care of deploying your application. Integration with API-based development tools is relatively easy, and you don’t manage the logic yourself.

For example, implementing a website with static content and a Stripe payment module does not require much effort: Stripe manages the payment servers for you. It gets a bit more complicated if you want to use a live database and interact with it. Traditional database software doesn’t rely on API calls over the Internet to add a row, search multiple rows, and find data.

Xata is focused on databases and wants to make it easy to integrate a database with your serverless application. You don’t need to take care of the underlying infrastructure, as Xata can scale the database for you. You don’t have to update software, move data to a new server, etc.

Your database is distributed across multiple data centers to improve response times and redundancy. Supports many types of data, including images. After that, the interaction with the database works like any RESTful API that exists.

The startup is also inspired by popular no-code startups like Airtable. You can open your database in a web browser and interact with your data directly from there. For example, you can filter the current view, sort data using specific criteria, and get the API query that you can use in your code.

If you store a large amount of data in your database, you can search for it using a free text search function. You can also take advantage of Xata for analysis by creating charts and visualizations.

The ability to interact with your data from a web browser is Xata’s competitive advantage. Many companies rely on Airtable as their first backend to prototype a new project. Xata could become a production-ready version of this Airtable-as-a-backend data management model.

The $ 5 million round was led by Index Ventures. Operator Collective, SV Angel, X-Factor and Firstminute Capital also participated. Some business angels also invested, such as Shay Banon and Uri Boness from Elastic, Neha Narkhede from Confluent, Guillermo Rauch from Vercel, Elad Gil from Color Genomics and Christian Bach and Mathias Biilmann from Netlify.

The startup was founded by Monica Sarbu, who used to be the director of engineering at Elastic. So you probably know a thing or two about database scaling.

Image credits: Error


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