Databricks acquires Tabular for $1B to unify data lakehouse standards

  • Databricks has acquired Tabular to unify data lakehouse formats, integrating founders and enhancing platform appeal for corporate clients.
  • Databricks and Tabular will integrate Iceberg and Delta Lake into a unified standard, enhancing interoperability and leveraging the strengths of both formats.

The acquisition of Tabular by Databricks is a strategic move, and this consolidation could drive innovation and efficiency in the data management industry.

–Alaiya Ding, BTW reporter

Databricks acquires Tabular for over $1 billion to unify customer bases and communities. Founders join Databricks, aiming to standardize data lakehouse formats, enhancing platform offerings and market position.

Databricks’ strategic acquisition of Tabular

Databricks, a leader in analytics and AI, has made a strategic move by acquiring data management company Tabular for over $1 billion. This acquisition aims to unify the customer bases and communities of both companies, enhancing Databricks’ market position. The founders of Tabular, including Ryan Blue, Daniel Weeks, and Jason Reid, will join Databricks to support this integration.

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Technological synergies and product integration

Tabular, founded in 2021 by Blue, Weeks, and Reid, specializes in data management products built on Apache Iceberg, an open-source, high-performance format for databases. Iceberg, developed by Blue and Weeks at Netflix, optimizes big data tables and supports various data engines. Historically, Iceberg competed with Databricks’ Delta Lake in the data lakehouse format wars.

Market impact and competitive advantages

The market for data lakehouse is vast, with approximately 74% of organizations using such architectures. By acquiring Tabular, Databricks positions itself to reduce competition between different data lakehouse formats. This move is expected to make Databricks’ platform more attractive to corporate clients, offering robust support for multiple formats. The acquisition underscores Databricks’ commitment to open-source data and open formats.


Alaiya Ding

Alaiya Ding is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Fintech and Blockchain. She graduated from China Jiliang University College of Modern Science and Technology. Send tips to

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