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InfiniDB (formerly Calpont Corporation[1]) was a database management software company based in Frisco, Texas. The company developed InfiniDB, a scalable, software-only columnar database management system[2] for analytic applications.[3]

InfiniDB, Inc.
IndustryEnterprise Software
Database Management
Data Warehousing
Founded2000 (2000)
DefunctOctober 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
InfiniDB for the Cloud,
InfiniDB for Apache Hadoop

InfiniDB is a scalable database built for big data analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing and other read-intensive applications. InfiniDB's column-store architecture enables very quick load and query times.[4] Its massive parallel processing (MPP) technology scales with any type of storage hardware.[5]

Columnar databasesEdit

By storing and managing data based on columns rather than rows, column-oriented architecture overcomes query limitations that exist in traditional row-based RDBMS. Only the necessary columns in a query are accessed, reducing I/O activities by circumventing unneeded rows.[6]

InfiniDB is accessed through a MySQL interface.[7] It then parallelizes queries and executes in a MapReduce fashion (similar in concept to the methodology used by Apache Hadoop).[8] Each thread within the distributed architecture operates independently, avoiding thread-to-thread or node-to-node communication that can cripple scaling.[9]

InfiniDB is used to enable performance-intensive analytic applications. Customers include, Tucows, Warner Music Group,[10] Genus,[11] Aviation Software International,[12] Caring Bridge,[13] Navigant Consulting and 1&1 Internet.[14]

InfiniDB resellers included SkySQL (including many former MySQL employees)[15] and KK Ashisuto in Japan.[16]

Variants and forksEdit

On October 16, 2013, the company announced that InfiniDB would be licensed under the General Public License v. 2.[17] The open source variants of InfiniDB databases are: InfiniDB Standard Edition and InfiniDB for the Cloud including InfiniDB for Apache Hadoop.[18]

MariaDB Corporation announced on April 5, 2016 the release of its first big data analytics engine, MariaDB ColumnStore. It is based both on a fork of InfiniDB and open-source community contributions. ColumnStore supports use cases including real-time, batch and algorithmic.[19]


On October 1, 2014, InfiniDB ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Texas. Existing customers may be able to receive support from other companies, notably MariaDB.


  1. ^ "Name Change and Funding – InfiniDB". June 3, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Roe, David (November 3, 2010). "InfiniDB 2.0 Supports Big Data, Analytics". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Adrian, Merv (November 8, 2010). "Calpont's InfiniDB – Another ADBMS Insurgent Arises". Enterprise Irregulars. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Vadim Tkachenko. "Star Schema Bechmark: InfoBright, InfiniDB and LucidDB - Percona Database Performance Blog". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ ""The Right Workloads for Columnar Databases" - Jim Tommaney, CTO of Calpont". YouTube. September 26, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "2011 Product Review Roundup". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "InfiniDB « Another Word For It". September 21, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Warner Music Group Case Study In Seduction". August 18, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Speaker: Fernanda Foertter: Strata 2012 - O'Reilly Conferences, February 28 - March 01, 2012, Santa Clara, CA". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Reviewer, Product (July 13, 2011). "Calpont InfiniDB | Information Management Magazine". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Customers of Calvin Pont's Dating Advisory Service". June 20, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Calpont Signs Distribution Agreement With K.K. Ashisuto to Meet Big Data Demands in Japan - Press Release". Digital Journal. November 9, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "Calpont New Licensing – InfiniDB". October 15, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "InfiniDB – MySQL Database Interface". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  19. ^ "Open Source Leader MariaDB Rockets into Analytics Market". MariaDB. Retrieved January 17, 2017.