August 27, 2012 – NoSQL database vendor Aerospike on Monday made a series of announcements, including the acquisition of vendor AlchemyDB and the appointment as an adviser of Don Haderle, a key researcher at IBM, working on its DB2 relational database management system.

No financial terms of the proposed deal for the hybrid relational database provider were announced, though the acquisition does bring on board AlchemyDB founder Russell Sullivan. Sullivan was previously an engineer at platform-as-a-service vendor Makara, which was bought out by RedHat, and a programmer at the National Institute of Health and Lycos Europe.

Curt Monash, head of Monash Research, said that standout aspects of the vendor’s announcements circle around bringing on Sullivan and his background, which could bring piecemeal tech and strategy advances. On the product side, Monash said Aerospike should look to add secondary indexes to its product line, which may be accelerated with the AlchemyDB deal.

Merv Adrian, research vice president at Gartner, noted that Aerospike had some proven use cases in its previous incarnation, Citrusleaf. Now, he said Aerospike is buying into a step up with SQL capabilities and possible offerings, though with limits, especially in a nascent market.

“The addition of AlchemyDB’s SQL functionality will expand its addressable market significantly for structured data usage. The document store and graph database capabilities will have a similar impact. Effective integration across types could prove attractive – but it will have to be proven,” Adrian says. “Proving it to developers will be challenging enough – and once they are convinced, growing the market requires finding the procurement folks, who today are just learning to spell NoSQL.”

Along with the acquisition and Haderle announcement, Aerospike on Monday stated it has taken on a new round of Series B funding, and it also released a community edition of its NoSQL database and key-value store with a free, 30-day license.