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Fauna News: Nextdoor Chooses FaunaDB Serverless Cloud to Support Global Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fauna, provider of the leading relational NoSQL database, announced today that social network and neighborhood conversations provider Nextdoor has chosen FaunaDB to meet increasing requirements for scalability, security and flexibility as the company experiences significant global growth.

In particular, Nextdoor is seeing a steady increase in the number of globally distributed users of its mobile app, prompting the company to find a database solution capable of scaling to meet growing traffic demands while maintaining high availability to regions around the globe.

Nextdoor wanted a data platform designed to grow with its business, and with the full suite of platform features FaunaDB provides, Nextdoor is able to expand its installation to support more applications and use cases. FaunaDB was designed from the ground up as a cloud-native, horizontally scalable database that delivers robust data management capabilities without sacrificing relational features.

"FaunaDB is a unique piece of software. We were able to achieve the transactional requirements of our workload and the scalability and performance levels to support our massive online community of users without compromising developer productivity," said Prakash Janakiraman, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Nextdoor. "Neighbors often use Nextdoor in times of emergency to communicate with others, and for that reason Nextdoor must always be available. FaunaDB offers rock-solid infrastructure and was able to support our availability requirements from day one."

A highly popular neighborhood community platform, Nextdoor provides a useful channel for local government services to connect with residents and broadcast emergency and other alerts to users in particular areas. Compiling lists of users based on group membership is a daunting task that created significant performance and operational challenges for Nextdoor's existing Postgres SQL database. The company needed a more globally scalable solution for creating a new groups subsystem in order to minimize the impact on the Nextdoor mobile app performance. But it didn't want sacrifice its needs for transactionality and performance.

Nextdoor's requirements for scale without compromising mission-critical features such as strong data consistency and robust security were key factors in choosing Fauna. With its unique multi-region ACID transactions, data committed in FaunaDB is correct and complete and always available across all regions, even in the face of disasters. Additionally, FaunaDB features include multi-tenancy and object level security which means Nextdoor can easily add new workloads while continuing to grow the groups subsystem, while also meeting requirements for privacy and authentication.

"We built FaunaDB to give companies the safety, security, and reliability found in relational databases with the scalability and performance of NoSQL databases, which is critical to any business serving customers online," said Evan Weaver, CEO of Fauna. "Similar to the transformation major social networking platforms underwent early on to support exponential growth in a short amount of time, businesses must be able to support high volumes of globally distributed mission-critical transactions – without making tradeoffs on critical enterprise capabilities such as scalability, security and development flexibility. Existing database architectures were never designed to meet those needs. Fauna is changing that."

Fauna recently raised $25M through its Series A round of financing, led by Daniel Gwak at Point72 Ventures, with participation from GV (formerly Google Ventures), Costanoa Ventures, Afore Capital, and others. Existing investors also participated in the round, including CRV, Data Collective, Quest Venture Partners, the Webb Investment Network, and Ulu Ventures. This is the largest Series A financing round for an OLTP database company.

About Nextdoor.com, Inc.
Nextdoor (nextdoor.com) is the free and private social network for neighborhoods available on Web, iOS, and Android. On Nextdoor, neighbors create private online communities where they get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange advice and recommendations. More than 180,000 neighborhoods across the United States, Germany, France, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands are using Nextdoor to build stronger and safer places to call home.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Nextdoor is a privately-held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Tiger Global Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and others.

For additional information and images: nextdoor.com/newsroom

About Fauna
Fauna, Inc., founded by ex-Twitter engineers, is the company behind FaunaDB, a relational NoSQL database. FaunaDB is a mission-critical component for companies that need to deliver products at global scale, increase infrastructure utilization, decrease operational overhead, and improve time to market. Fauna is the only database of its kind that brings together established technologies into a single system that delivers on three critical business values: productivity, safety and agility. Customers using cloud and on-premise deployments of FaunaDB include industry leaders in data-rich industries such as fintech, retail, ecommerce, and mobile gaming. For more information visit fauna.com or follow us at @fauna.

SOURCE Fauna, Inc.

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