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NoSQL Database Platform Vendor MarkLogic Gets $25 Million, Promises To Go Deep On Semantics

April 11, 2013 No Comments

Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider MarkLogic has come into some cash: a $25 million round of growth capital from investors including Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital, Northgate Capital, CEO Gary Bloom and other corporate executives. At the company’s MarkLogic World 2013 conference, Bloom also prepared the audience to hear more today from company executives about MarkLogic’s next steps in semantics for its MarkLogic Server technology that ingests, manages and searches structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.

“The way to think about this is that when we look at semantics, we didn’t … say we just want to check a box on semantics,” Bloom said, by working with partners on some low-hanging fruit – although it will be collaborating with them on various semantic enrichment capabilities. “We think semantics is critical technology, and more interesting I believe is that it is a critical technology that is both a search technology as well as a database technology.” Others in the marketplace will focus on changing their search engines to do semantics, but optimum results won’t come if all that’s being done is layering in semantics at the search level, he said.

MarkLogic thinks that in the semantics world, just as in the world for customers working with its database today, there are a lot of things that should be done while ingesting data and putting data in the database, from indexing it to analytic functions to various kinds of pre-processing to prepare it for search. “We see the semantics world exactly the same way,” he said.

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