Microsoft acquires Citus Data which is meant to make its Azure Database stand out more for PostgreSQL service and to invest more money in the game for the PostgreSQL open source project. Microsoft has announced its accession of Citus Data which is a PostgreSQL database provider for an unrevealed sum. Since Microsoft is already offering a PostgreSQL service on Azure which is managed, the question arises as to why this acquisition would be required.
This is a twofold strategy by Microsoft to firstly add more intensity to the talent base and in this case for getting access rather than having to actually develop a PostgreSQL talent. It could help Microsoft to be better prepared for contributing and having a stake for the PostgreSQL open source project while it provides a more rapid ramp to support the latest versions.
The extension architecture will let Microsoft offer its Azure Database for PostgreSQL in various alternative versions. Citus Data has made its platform available and via a service that is managed and hosted by AWS. It is expected to expand the service which will be more inclined towards Microsoft Azure.