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April 9, 2015

MariaDB tackles ‘endless growth’ with open-source database

Google & IBM have both contributed to the new release of Maria DB's Enterprise.

By James Nunns

MariaDB has announced the Spring 2015 release of MariaDB Enterprise, which will include new scalability and security capabilities.

Research from Wikibon has predicted that the Big Data database market will reach $4.5 billion in 2017, which represents a large rise from $2.7bn in 2014. It is expected that SQP will represent 64% of the database market.

Other forecasts have shown that revenue for open-source databases will reach close to $3bn in 2016.

Nik Rouda, Senior Analyst at ESG for Big Data, Analytics and Data Management, said: "Businesses continue to struggle with the endless growth of traditional databases in terms of size, number, and cost, and are looking for alternatives to better meet the enterprise requirements of new SaaS applications."

"MariaDB offers an attractive open-source approach, which has recently been enhanced to improve scalability, performance, availability, and security."

The MariaDB Enterprise is provided as a subscription and includes curated and hardened server binaries which are based on MariaDB’s community server.

Included are a number of tools, connectors and subscription serves.

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Also on offer is an expanded choice of supported operating systems which includes, RHEL 7.1, SLES 12 and Ubuntu 14.04 binaries for the IBM POWER8 architecture.

Terri Virnig, Vice President, Power Ecosystem and Strategy, IBM Systems, said: "The innovative design of the IBM Power Systems with POWER8™ processor technology is for demanding, data-intensive applications."

"Combining this with the reliability of MariaDB Enterprise MySQL database technology provides web-scale enterprise clients with a solution that offers incredible performance."

"We’re thrilled to collaborate with MariaDB to provide solutions with open source innovation to address growing volumes of client data that must be quickly and securely accessed and managed."

MariaDB MaxScale is an optional add-on for the Enterprise subscription. This is a configurable database proxy platform for scalability and database security.

In the Spring 2015 release the new capabilities which are added includes security protection against SQL injection attacks and enhanced scalability via-schema-based sharding and binlog router.

Patrick Sallner, CEO, said: "Enterprises are facing massive volumes of data they need to process and manage effectively and securely. In the SaaS scenario in particular, databases have to be capable of responding to huge spikes in demand while ensuring high availability.

"E-commerce providers for example need their database to be equipped with the latest in performance, agility and security."

"We recognize the tremendous value the open-source community and cutting-edge companies like Google bring in delivering that innovation."

"At MariaDB we see our role as curating, further evolving and hardening what the community has contributed to deliver a truly enterprise-grade product and service."

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