MariaDB Corporation has delivered the latest updates for its enterprise-grade alternative to MySQL, extending its capabilities with new cluster tools, certified binaries for Debian Linux, plus an update for the MaxScale database abstraction layer.
Available immediately, the Fall 2015 release of MariaDB Enterprise comes just weeks after MariaDB 10.1, the latest update of the open source database project on which it is based. As well as subscription-based support, MariaDB Enterprise offers curated and hardened versions of the executables, along with extras such as data connectors for enterprise applications.
MariaDB extends the curation with this release, adding certification for Debian 8. Released earlier this year, Debian 8 is the latest version of the widely used Linux distribution that forms the basis for some other versions of Linux, notably Ubuntu.
Also added in this release is a set of new cluster controls allowing system admins and database scientists to easily manage data, and new connectors such as Connector/J 1.3.0 for JDBC and Connector/C 2.2 for connecting applications developed in C/C++ to MariaDB.
Meanwhile, MariaDB's MaxScale tool has also been updated with release 1.2.1. This adds enhancements to enable applications to continue running at optimal speeds while changes to the database layer take place, dramatically reducing downtime.
Introduced earlier this year, MaxScale is designed as a kind of proxy server that sits between the application and the database, insulating applications against changes to the database infrastructure that might otherwise require the application code to be altered.
"The development community continues to prioritise product improvements that enhance our customer's ability to achieve high availability and reliability of their data resources to maximise the value of this critical business asset. The Fall release of both products provides hardened, enterprise-class capabilities for our customers," said MariaDB chief technology officer Nishant Vyas in a statement.
MariaDB started out as a community-supported drop-in replacement for MySQL, but is gaining support in the industry. Earlier this month, Amazon added support for it as an option for the Amazon Relational Database Service running on the AWS cloud services platform.
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