The latest release of the MariaDB Enterprise database is aiming to make it easier to deploy through integration with the Docker containers platform and the popular Chef infrastructure automation framework.
It is also getting optimisations for clustering, and is set to be available on Microsoft's Azure Marketplace in the coming weeks.
Available immediately, the Summer 2015 release of MariaDB Enterprise changes focus slightly from the performance, security and stability on which earlier releases have centred.
Instead, MariaDB saw the need to make it easier to deploy across environments such as the cloud, and by people who are not traditional database admins.
"It's a slightly new angle for us, but we're seeing more and more customers deploying MariaDB across different environments, so to make that easier we wanted to enable MariaDB Enterprise as a Docker container and also to bring in Chef for automation," MariaDB chief executive Patrik Sallner told V3.
"With this combination, customers can easily deploy multiple containers on a server in isolated environments and be assured that they have everything needed to run MariaDB in one container, making it easier to deploy across different environments."
MariaDB will also integrate other automation frameworks in the future, but Chef was the foremost in terms of demand, Sallner said.
This has happened partly as a result of increased collaboration with cloud providers, a move that will see MariaDB Enterprise launching on Azure Marketplace in September. MariaDB is also working with Amazon and Google, according to Sallner.
In particular, the MariaDB team has been working closely with Amazon on an updated JDBC connector for embedding databases in Java applications that is contained in this version of MariaDB and in the Amazon Aurora database service.
Meanwhile, MariaDB is also extending its use of optimised binary files to improve performance. This was first seen in the Spring 2015 release with optimised server executables, and is now extended to profile-guided optimised binaries for the MariaDB Enterprise Cluster version of the database.
"Clustering is pretty complex, so while Galera cluster offers better performance and scaling it also brings more variables that meant it took longer to optimise," Sallner explained.
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the popular MySQL and is increasingly used as a direct replacement for the database.
MariaDB Enterprise is based on this, but is delivered by MariaDB Corporation under a paid-for subscription model that includes curated and hardened versions of the executables, along with extras such as data connectors to address the needs of mission-critical applications.
The community-supported MariaDB 10.1 is still in beta, but due for release later this year.
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