Investment by 3D CAD giant should give NuoDB’s NewSQL database a good foothold in design and manufacturing workloads.

Barry Morris

Dassault Systèmes, the French tech giant behind the 3D CAD products used to design most of the planes, trains and automobiles we use today, led a $14.2 million investment round in NuoDB, a NewSQL database player. Dassault has been using NuoDB’s database for more than a year.

This round brings total funding for the Cambridge, Mass. company to about $26.2 million and includes additional contributions by existing NuoDB investors Hummer Winblad, Morgenthaler Ventures and Longworth Venture Partners.

The four-year-old database startup was founded by CEO Barry Morris (pictured above) and database giant Jim Starkey, who helped launch Digital Equipment Corp.’s RdB database — now owned by Oracle — and Interbase, which was bought by Borland.

Starkey and Morris pitch their company’s database, generally available for just over a year, as a scalable database well-suited to the cloud era.

Check out the video of Morris’s talk on the NewSQL databases at last year’s Structure Data show below.

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