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PlanetScale Announces Platform GA, Secures $50M In Series C Funding


PlanetScale has announced the general availability of its enterprise platform, announced as a private beta in May 2021. The latest version of the PlanetScale platform builds on other industry-first capabilities including branching and sharding with the addition of PlanetScale Imports.

PlanetScale has also secured $50M in funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from existing investors a16z, SignalFire and Insight Partners, as well as Tom Preston Werner (co-founder and CEO of GitHub), Jack Altman (CEO and founder of lattice), and Max Mellen (co-founder of Instacart). Kleiner Perkins Partner Bucky Moore will join the PlanetScale Board of Directors.

The Series C round brings the total capital raised by PlanetScale to $105 million. PlanetScale plans to use the funding to accelerate research and development and expand go-to-market activities globally for the company’s infinitely scalable and easy-to-use serverless MySQL database.

PlanetScale is built atop Vitess, the open source database that underlies YouTube, Slack, Square and Airbnb. PlanetScale Imports leverages Vitess’s powerful vReplication feature to let users easily import data from any existing MySQL database — at no cost — with a few mouse clicks and zero downtime. They can then try PlanetScale’s developer-first workflow on their actual data, with PlanetScale continuing to import data as it’s written to the existing database.

Also, PlanetScale and Prisma have partnered to allow developers to create PlanetScale databases in the new Prisma Data Platform. Users can have a starter database schema and a live PlanetScale database ready to accept thousands of new database connections with a few clicks. The new Prisma Data Platform lets users get started with PlanetScale and Prisma without leaving the browser. PlanetScale databases can instantly use the Prisma Data Platform’s Query Builder, Data Explorer, and Data Proxy, with Prisma providing application templates with Prisma data schemas.

A new Next.js starter app can be deployed to Netlify with the “Deploy to Netlify” button, using NextAuth.js for built-in authentication and Prisma to interact with the PlanetScale database.

This builds on an integration announced previously with Vercel, through which Vercel auto-generates access tokens and connects apps to PlanetScale with zero config needed.

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