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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:32

New MariaDB release offers rounded functionality


MariaDB Corporation, the database company born as a result of forking the well-known open-source MySQL database, has announced the release of MariaDB TX 2.0, what it describes as the "most functionally complete, open source transactional database solution for modern application development".

MariaDB TX 2.0 is a single offering comprising MariaDB Server, MariaDB MaxScale, database connectors, services and tools and includes the newly released MariaDB Server 10.2 and MariaDB MaxScale 2.1.

The release aims to offer a complete solution for specific workload needs, whether transactional, analytical or developer-focused.

The company says it has also delivered a new package for large-scale analytics: MariaDB AX. This includes MariaDB Server, MariaDB ColumnStore, MariaDB MaxScale, database connectors, services and tools.

Shane Johnson (above), senior director of product marketing, told iTWire that MariaDB was available to a great extent as far as Linux distributions were concerned.


"It is now available in Debian and Ubuntu (though not the default), but is the default in many others: RHEL/CentOS/Fedora, Arch Linux, openSUSE, Manjaro, SUSE Linux Enterprise and others," he said.

"We've seen a great deal of adoption from the MySQL community, both from individuals and enterprises alike. You can see that as we climb up the db-engines rankings.

"Where MS-SQL and Oracle are concerned, we continue to attract more and more enterprises seeking to standardise on MariaDB - sometimes it means migrating from Oracle, other times it means choosing to build new applications on MariaDB rather than provisioning more proprietary databases."

Features of MariaDB TX 2.0 include:

  • JSON Support to enable broader use cases;
  • Data masking and result set limiting for enhanced security;
  • MyRocks for better performance and scale out capabilities; and
  • SQL compatibility with common table expressions and window functions.

Johnson said that MariaDB was also well suited to the cloud, both in terms of technology and in pricing. "Customers run it on AWS and Azure and, according to a recent survey by, it's now the most popular database on OpenStack.

"I think you'll continue to see more MariaDB not only on cloud infrastructure, but as part of hybrid on-premises/cloud infrastructure."

Roger Bodamer, chief product officer, said: “For too long, there has been a gap between the high-cost functionality of proprietary databases, and the affordable, modern architectures of open source databases.

“MariaDB TX eliminates this trade-off by delivering an open source, extensible database that is built on top of decades of engineering investment. With its many new features, including support for MyRocks, JSON and data masking, MariaDB is now the most functionally rich open source database solution available.”

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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