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OtterTune unveils AI-powered database tuning service

After receiving $2.5 million in seed funding

Ben Wodecki

May 13, 2021

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Pittsburgh-based OtterTune has announced its first product, a machine learning-powered database optimization service – now in private beta.

The service uses ML to automatically generate configuration settings to continuously improve database performance and efficiency.

The new “self-driving” service will work for both on-premises and cloud-based database deployments, the company confirmed.

"With hundreds of knobs that affect database performance, DBMSs now exceed the human DBA's ability to optimize them," Andy Pavlo, CEO of OtterTune, said.

"We've put years of research into solving this problem, which we know will lead to significant increases [in] inefficiencies and cost savings for customers."

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The firm said early customers like Societe Generale have already improved their database price-performance by using its software.

Upon announcing the service at the Percona Live Online 2021 conference, OtterTune claimed that an estimated 40 percent of cloud databases “are over-provisioned, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted IT infrastructure spending industry-wide per year.”

The startup said those who gain access to the private beta will be able to adjust the system’s configuration to optimize the database for a specific workload. This could help customers reduce their overall database costs, and allow database administrators the freedom to focus on more strategic work.

The company also announced that it raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round led by Accel – which previously backed Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, and Spotify, among others.

"Databases are critically important but hard to operate at scale," Ping Li, Partner at Accel, said. "OtterTune's founders are uniquely positioned to tackle this value proposition, given their thought-leading academic database research at CMU."

Users can request free access to private beta of the platform on OtterTune website.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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