The open source MariaDB SQL database is adding a key feature in the form of native database encryption in the upcoming MariaDB 10.1, which will enable customers to encrypt databases without affecting performance or having to recode applications.
MariaDB 10.1 is available to download as a release candidate, and is the latest release of the community-supported drop-in replacement for MySQL. It is also the basis of the MariaDB Enterprise version, which is backed by subscription-based support for business customers from MariaDB Corporation.
General availability is planned for early October, and MariaDB 10.1 brings a number of enhancements covering areas such as scalability, high availability, performance and interoperability.
However, the inclusion of native database encryption is the headline feature, especially in light of the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation laws that are expected to introduce harsh penalties for data breaches where customer data is exposed.
The MariaDB Foundation, which oversees development of the platform, said that MariaDB 10.1 allows organisations to encrypt entire databases and protect data. This uses a tablespace encryption feature created by Google and used in its own MySQL branch, but which has been contributed to MariaDB by the search firm.
"We are pleased to make MariaDB 10.1 available to the open source community, with data encryption capabilities contributed by Google," said MariaDB Foundation chief executive Otto Kekäläinen.
This capability builds on MariaDB's scalability and reliability features to make it the most secure open source database management tool, he added.
Because MariaDB is designed as a drop-in replacement for MySQL, users of MySQL and older versions of MariaDB can easily upgrade to MariaDB 10.1 and encrypt their databases, without having to make any changes to applications, and without any overall performance degradation, the MariaDB Foundation claimed.
Other improvements in MariaDB 10.1 include enhanced high availability through full integration of Galera Cluster, optimistic parallel replication of all transactions, role-based access control improvements and JSON/BSON support for greater interoperability.
MariaDB 10.1 RC is currently available to download, with general availability planned for early October.
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