NuoDB Demonstrates 72,000 Hyper Pluggable Databases Running on a Single HP Moonshot System

NuoDB’s Patent-Pending Database Hibernation Bursting Capabilities Reduce Database Server Costs by 90%

Cambridge, MA–(Marketwired – Apr 17, 2013) – NuoDB, Inc., the pioneer in cloud databases, announced today the availability of a demonstration documenting the breakthrough performance of their NuoDB Starlings release on the high density, energy efficient HP Moonshot system. In addition, the company announced the filing of patents for two related features.

The combination of NuoDB Starlings and Moonshot will increase database density, allowing customers to deploy tens of thousands of databases on a single HP Moonshot Server. This deployment will reduce a customer’s total cost of hardware, maintenance and power consumption by 90%.

Working with the HP Discovery Lab, as an HP Innovation Partner, NuoDB was able to run 72,000 instances of the NuoDB Cloud database on a fully loaded Moonshot system with 45 cartridges.

Patent Application Submitted For Innovative Hibernation and Database Bursting Capabilities
A NuoDB database is made up of an agile collection of processes making it very inexpensive to start or stop a database. A NuoDB implementation is also able to monitor server capacity and understand what’s going on inside each database. As a result, if a particular database has been idle long enough that something else could use the associated resources more effectively; NuoDB can shut down the inactive databases — putting it into hibernation mode — to make way for other operating databases.

When an SQL client needs to access the database that’s been shut off, the NuoDB product simply re-starts it. This mechanism has been submitted for a United States Patent for hibernating and waking a database. This on-demand resource management means that while there are some number of databases actively running, NuoDB can support a much larger number of total instances. This innovative new ability is particularly useful for applications that exhibit a long-tail access pattern. (For more information on long-tail access patterns, click on this link:

Using this new hibernation capability, NuoDB was able to run 7,200 simultaneous active databases and 72,000 total databases on a single 4.3u Moonshot System.

The company has also filed a patent for a new database bursting feature. This capability is used when a single database becomes popular and begins to take up too many resources on a single server. If a customer provisions another server in response, separate from the Moonshot System, then the NuoDB CDMS will temporarily “burst” a high-activity database to that new host until activity dies down. The bursting function occurs automatically, quickly, and provides users with on-demand capacity when a database is suddenly “hot” with a flood of transactions.

Demonstration Available
A brief demonstration of NuoDB running on Moonshot is available here. Interested parties can also request more information by emailing

The new hibernation and bursting features will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“We’ve shown how NuoDB can scale a single database to over 1 million transactions per second on 32 machines. For this new generation of systems, we took a different approach. Rather than make a single database scale to large volume, we wanted to take advantage of Moonshot-type architecture and see how many individual, smaller databases we could support simultaneously. We took a fully-configured HP Project Moonshot System and turned it into a high-density, low-power, easy to manage hosting appliance,” stated Barry Morris, CEO and Co-Founder of NuoDB.

“Continuing our pioneering innovations in cloud databases, we are working to offer this record-breaking degree of database density and unique hibernation and bursting abilities on future high density systems from other vendors as well,” continued Morris.

About the NuoDB Starlings release
The NuoDB Starlings release features elastic scalability with high performance, SQL compliance and guaranteed ACID transactions. The release, first made generally available on January 15, 2013, eliminates the need for the complex database workarounds that are typically associated with bringing applications to the cloud such as clustering, performance tuning and sharding.

About NuoDB
NuoDB, Inc., is a Cambridge, MA-based technology leader that provides the industry’s patented, elastically scalable Cloud Data Management System (CDMS). Unlike every other database, NuoDB is architected to scale out effortlessly on the cloud without compromising any of the features or guarantees of relational databases.

NuoDB customers include automotive after-market giant AutoZone, NorthPoint Solutions and numerous other innovative companies.

NuoDB was launched in 2010 by industry-renowned database architect Jim Starkey and accomplished software CEO Barry Morris.