MariaDB Corporation has released an updated version of its MariaDB MySQL database aimed at enterprise customers, adding support for IBM's Power architecture systems and enhancements designed to cut the cost and effort required to run and maintain large SQL database installations.
Among other enhancements, the firm is also offering customers a Notification Service that provides customers with detailed change logs specific to their configuration, to make it easier to see which patches and updates they need to apply, in order to simplify maintenance.
MariaDB, formerly SkySQL, markets the namesake database which is a community-developed fork of the popular MySQL, now owned by Oracle, and intended as a direct replacement for it.
Chief executive Patrik Sallner told V3 that MariaDB has seen strong uptake over the past two in years in many organisations.
"We've already replaced MySQL in many leading web companies such as Google and Wikipedia, and many of the Linux distributions, especially Red Hat and Suse. As adoption has grown, we've also invested in rolling out MariaDB Enterprise as a hardened version for corporate usage, and today we're delivering the latest version of that," he said.
Aside from Power8 support, key new features in this version are new tools and services to help organisations manage large-scale deployments.
"One of the challenges database and system administrators have is that when they have an application installed and there are new patches and updates over time, it's a bit of a challenge to know which ones are the most critical to install, while every update you run requires effort and testing," he said.
To address this, the Notification Service tells administrators exactly which patches and updates are relevant for them, given the configuration they have installed and the features they are using.
This is based on information that MariaDB Enterprise collects and sends back to base regarding how it is deployed and used, so MariaDB can tailor the notifications to highlight the critical patches each user needs to install and which they can safely skip, the firm said.
Other new capabilities are offered with tools that MariaDB's own consultants and engineers have already been using, but which the firm is now packaging into MariaDB Enterprise, according to Sallner.
This includes a MySQL data dump tool that can used to transfer large data sets between servers and the Sysbench application benchmark, plus other tools for optimising performance.
"These are all open source tools that will already be familiar to expert database administrators, but we're bringing them all together in MariaDB Enterprise to reduce some of the effort that people using open source often have to go through," he said.
On the subject of IBM Power8 support, Sallner said that there has been growing interest from customers in running mission-critical databases on a more robust server platform.
"We're seeing strong demand in that area, with many customers looking to push the boundaries of performance, and that's a new opening in the marketplace. Together with IBM and Suse we're seeing a lot of interested customers we're working with to enable this," he said.
"IBM is repositioning Power significantly now they've sold off their x86 business, and they're heavily promoting it with Linux for cloud and data centre solutions. The whole logic is that at with a more robust platform at high scale, you can get a much lower total cost of ownership," Sallner explained.
Also available today is an updated version of MariaDB Enterprise Cluster, designed to make it easy to deploy the database in a high availability cluster configuration.
"This version includes the Galera Cluster capability, which is a synchronous replication mechanism that provides for high availability within the database itself, and this is a very popular option with many of our customers," Sallner said.
"This is the next step in establishing an offering that is easy to deploy and maintain but offers high performance and reliability for enterprises," he added. Further releases of MariaDB are planned for the spring of next year that will focus on extending the clustering capabilities.
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