Xata is a database service for serverless applications – TechCrunch
Meet Xata, a startup with a new take on managed databases. The company manages your database for you and turns it into an API so you can query and update it from your serverless application. Xata raised a $5 million funding round. Its product isn’t ready for prime time just yet, but the company is sharing details.
Xata seems particularly well suited for Jamstack sites. Jamstack has been a popular way to develop and deploy 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 app that loads quickly and can handle a lot of traffic.
Deploying a Jamstack website is quite simple as it often integrates tightly with your Git repository. When you commit code changes, serverless platforms take care of deploying your application. Integration with API-based development tools is relatively straightforward, and you don’t handle the logic yourself.
For example, deploying a website with static content and a Stripe payment module doesn’t require a ton of 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 does not rely on API calls on the Internet to add a row, search across multiple rows, and find data.
Xata focuses on databases and wants to make it easy to integrate a database into your serverless application. You don’t have to worry about the underlying infrastructure because Xata can scale the database for you. You don’t need to update software, move data to a new server, etc.
Your database is distributed across multiple data centers to improve response times and redundancy. It supports many data types, including images. After that, database interaction works like any RESTful API.
The startup also takes inspiration from popular no-code startups, such as 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 the data using a specific criteria, and get the API query that you can use in your code.
If you store a lot of data in your database, you can search your data using a free text search function. You can also leverage 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 seed round was led by Index Ventures. Collective of Operators, SV Angel, X-Factor; firstminute Capital also participated. Some business angels, 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 have also invested.
The startup was founded by Monica Sarbu, who previously served as director of engineering at Elastic. So she probably knows a thing or two about scaling databases.