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Options to Oracle — MariaDB named as Gartner challenger

Open source database company MariaDB Corporation has been named as a ‘challenger’ by Gartner in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (ODBMS).

Oracle is not the only fruit: According to Gartner, MariaDB showed strong growth in its ability to execute based on high value that customers derive from MariaDB solutions.

Oracle is not the only fruit: According to Gartner, MariaDB showed strong growth in its ability to execute based on high value that customers derive from MariaDB solutions.

The firm was particularly recognised for its ability to outranking other challengers in its ability to execute.

Double whammy

In close proximity to this news, the firm has also announced the release of MariaDB Enterprise Fall 2015. The product has specific tuning for the movement of mission-critical data from mobile applications and cloud services.

AWS RDS for MariaDB service gives companies a very easy, fast way to incorporate a cloud-based database into their infrastructure to provide flexibility, scalability, and disaster protection. Companies that decide to leverage AWS RDS for MariaDB will enjoy all the features of the community version of MariaDB, plus key capabilities of AWS RDS, including ease of migration off Oracle or SQL Server on to MariaDB.

Just to make it a triple-whammy, also breaking just now is news of Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) introducing its Relational Database Service (RDS) for MariaDB.

Oh whoa-ho it’s Gartner Magic

According to Gartner, MariaDB showed strong growth in its ability to execute based on high value that customers derive from MariaDB solutions. The annual analysis of the Operational Database Management Systems market also cited MariaDB’s rich functionality and high reliability.

Another key strength cited by Gartner is the strong community and partner network.  MariaDB partners with ODBMS leaders including IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, and is a standard in leading Linux distribution vendors including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, Centos, Debian and Ubuntu.

As an independent player, MariaDB claims to have an active and vibrant development and user community that drives innovations that are relevant and valuable to the customer base.

MariaDB Enterprise Fall 2015 release new features include:

  • New cluster tools
  • Connector/J new 1.3.0 is out offering prepared statements
  • Connector/C 2.2 is available
  • Certified binaries for MariaDB Enterprise 5.5.45 and 10.0.21
  • Debian 8 binaries for Enterprise 10.0
  • Single Sign-On across Mariadb.com portals for product, documentation and support to user experience and simplify access to all resources

MariaDB has also made available its Fall 2015 release of MaxScale 1.2.1, a database-aware proxy platform that provides high availability and security capabilities such as load balancing, sharding, and firewall protection without the need to modify existing applications. MariaDB Enterprise Fall 2015 and MaxScale are available immediately.

“The development community continues to prioritize product improvements that enhance our customer 19s ability to achieve high availability and reliability of their data resources to maximize the value of this critical business asset,” said Nishant Vyas, CTO of MariaDB.

Hybrid cloud-based MariaDB database deployments allow users to supplement resources at peak load periods, and support business continuity and disaster recovery plans. MariaDB Corporation is helping customers evaluate how to best leverage the different deployment options (on-premises, public cloud, and hybrid) and work with them to design optimized, high-performance hybrid cloud data architectures that incorporate the AWS cloud service and meet each company 19s unique requirements.

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About Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist specialising in cross platform software application development and data analytics as well as all related aspects of software engineering and project management.

One Comment

  1. David Foxen says:

    Looks good! It would be great to see a direct comparison of features with Oracle and other Oracle alternatives. That would provide more meat to heavy Oracle users to justify spending the time and resources to looking into these alternatives seriously.

    A lot of the problem is that people are ‘set’ with Oracle; they’ve had it within their organisation for years and feel they cannot change to another vendor, despite the benefits. I feel as though the ITAM community needs to help shift this mentality.

    Great article.

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