Our Founding Story
Yugabyte’s co-founders are database builders and operators who met at Facebook, where they scaled the platform from millions to billions of users in just a few years. The team made a bet that the trends they experienced – microservices, containerization, high availability, geographic distribution, APIs developers love to use, and an appetite for open source – would affect most if not all businesses in time. They came together in February 2016 to build YugabyteDB, the distributed SQL database built to power global-scale, cloud native applications.
By making the database 100% open source, YugabyteDB … has made itself very attractive to developers building business-critical applications and operations engineers running them on cloud-native platforms.— Matt AsayColumnist and Head of Developer Ecosystem at Adobe
Coming out of stealth in November 2017 with our first public beta release, YugabyteDB was initially available in two editions: community and enterprise. Going against the trend by other database companies who were moving features into closed source offerings, in July 2019, we open sourced previously commercial features and launched YugabyteDB as 100% open source under the Apache 2.0 license. Today the YugabyteDB community is active and growing.