Summary:

In a bid to bridge the NoSQL-SQL gap, FoundationDB bought Akiban earlier this year. Now it’s got fresh funding to backstop its current users and seek new customers.

FoundationDB, a database startup that’s trying to bridge the SQL and NoSQL worlds, just closed $17 million in Series A funding to better market its product and support its current business users.

The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, with contributions from existing backers CrunchFund and angel investors.  Sutter Hill Managing Director Sam Pullara will join the FoundationDB board.

According to the statement accompanying the news: FoundationDB supports many data models — graph, document, key-value and SQL — with a collection of “open-source layers.”

In July, FoundationDB based in Vienna, Virginia, which was in the NoSQL camp, bought Akiban, a Boston-based startup along with its SQL expertise to further its goal of trying to get beyond the often-useless SQL vs. NoSQL debate. Terms were not disclosed.

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