Connectors now available to the MySQL® community as part of the MariaDB open source project

Helsinki – November 29, 2012 – Monty Program, the home of MariaDB, owned by MySQL®-database-creator Monty Widenius and its employees, and SkySQL, the trusted provider of open source database solutions, today announced the immediate availability of their connectors, ‘MariaDB Client Library for C and MariaDB Client Library for Java Applications’, to the wider MySQL® database community in the permissive LGPL licence.

With this announcement, the connectors become part of the wider MariaDB open source project, to which users will be able to contribute via relevant online resources.

Good news for open source developers

This announcement is relevant for users involved with applications built in C or Java language that also make use of a MariaDB and/or MySQL database, as these require a connector to ensure that the applications & the databases can talk to each other.

News Highlights

As part of their ongoing efforts to contribute innovation and technology to the wider MySQL database and open source user communities, Monty Program & SkySQL  today announced the availability of the MariaDB Client Library for C and MariaDB Client Library for Java Applications.

Up until recently, the two companies had been working on the connectors as a joint internal project used for specific customer requirements and they are now making their connectors generally available to the community as part of the MariaDB open source project.

Connectors enable users to connect from a given application to a database, in this case the MySQL & MariaDB databases. Commercial maintenance & support for the servers and connectors will be available via SkySQL’s Enterprise Data Suite.

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Supporting quotes:

“These connectors have been an internal SkySQL/Monty Program project long enough and it was time to make them available to the wider MySQL user community,” said Monty Widenius, CEO of Monty Program. “The connectors will add value to the MariaDB project by making our database technology and the MariaDB project itself easier for everyone to use. If anything, we’re opening the MariaDB project even further to the community and demonstrating that innovation happens with MariaDB.”

 “We’ve been seeing a strong demand for connectors from the MySQL database ecosystem. We are looking for means to ensure that the ecosystem prospers and that both users and developers have a rich set of options. We believe that these connectors will help to stimulate innovation in the ecosystem,” added Patrik Sallner, CEO of SkySQL. “Helping organisations out there adopt the MySQL and MariaDB databases more easily for their software projects also reinforces our position as the one-stop shop for all things to do with the MySQL and MariaDB databases.”

About SkySQL

SkySQL is the trusted provider of open source database solutions for MySQL and MariaDB users – in the enterprise and cloud, providing over 300 enterprise customers including Canal+, ClubMed, Constant Contact, Deutsche Telekom, La Poste, Virgin Mobile, Western Digital and XING with database deployment and management solutions.

With 250+ years of original MySQL experience, SkySQL has the leading MySQL talent pool with sponsorship by the original MySQL and MariaDB creators. It has also developed cloud-based database management solutions that bring ease of use, while providing an effective way to increase database productivity both in the enterprise and the cloud.

For more information, please visit www.skysql.com, and follow the company’s conversations on Twitter and Facebook.

About Monty Program

Monty Program Ab was founded by Michael “Monty” Widenius, the founder and creator of MySQL®. Monty Program is a center of engineering excellence for MariaDB, the Aria storage engine, MySQL®, and other associated technologies.

More than half of our staff are full-time developers, including most of the original MySQL engineers, some new personnel, and Monty. We have a better knowledge of the core MySQL® code than any other company! We are well funded and all of our plans and strategies take a long-term view.

For more information, visit: http://montyprogram.com

 

 

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Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of MariaDB Galera Cluster!

With this release, we’re addressing the numerous requests we’ve received over the past few months for a MariaDB-based Galera Cluster. MariaDB, the more reliable, performant, feature-complete & backwards compatible MySQL database becomes even more attractive by making it available for Galera Cluster.

What is it?

  • A straight merge of MariaDB 5.5.25 with Galera Cluster by Codership
  • An alpha release which should not be used in production environments
  • Using the Galera replication methodology, users get:
    • Synchronous, multi-master replication with guaranteed data consistency
    • This solution provides both read & write scalability

Compatibility?
MariaDB Galera Cluster is fully data-compatible with MariaDB or MySQL, as it will work with the standard databases created by these products. There are next to none or very minimal application changes that are required to make the solution work.

Where can I get it?
http://downloads.mariadb.org/mariadb-galera/5.5.25/

What’s next?
The plan is for a rapid release cycle to heavily test the performance and usage of MariaDB Galera Cluster in different environments. Please file bugs at: https://mariadb.atlassian.net

Quotes
Seppo Jaakola, CEO for Codership
“It’s great that we are working closely with an upstream provider of a MySQL-compatible binary, MariaDB. We no longer have to spend time coding against out-of-tree changes as we’re part of MariaDB,” stated Jaakola. “The excellent MariaDB engineering team constantly releases new versions of MariaDB with high quality assurance (QA). Codership will continue to collaborate closely with the MariaDB engineering team to improve the product and make new versions of the MariaDB Galera Cluster available.” he continued.

Michael “Monty” Widenius, CEO for Monty Program Ab
“We’ve received a significant amount of requests for a MariaDB based Galera cluster and today we’re proud to deliver that. We’re currently preparing ourselves and our partners for a rollout of the GA product and related professional services via SkySQL to run critical systems on top of MariaDB Galera Cluster.”

Links:
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/what-is-mariadb-galera-cluster/
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/about-galera-replication/
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/galera-use-cases/
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/getting-started-with-mariadbgalera-cluster/
http://kb.askmonty.org/en/mariadb-galera-5525-release-notes/

The MariaDB Team will together with Codership work on customer requests and demands in the areas of cluster and replication. Please contact us if you are interested in any services we can offer around Galera, MariaDB or MySQL.

It is not a secret that we’ve been kicking the tires and playing with JIRA for project management. After using it since the beginning of the year most of us like the feel of it and we’ve decided that it makes sense to start using it more.

As you know, the MariaDB project has many fragmented resources. We report bugs in Launchpad. We store our plans in worklog. We’ve never used the Launchpad Blueprint feature for this very reason. We don’t use Launchpad Answers because we have the Knowledgebase.

With this move to hosted JIRA (yes, this is an important link: http://mariadb.org/jira) we can report bugs, have future plans, and also give users a roadmap which is pretty cool. One nifty feature is that in the past two releases, we had a roadmap and we didn’t slip in terms of a schedule. We had on time releases and that’s awesome!

So what does this mean for you? To report bugs, you will now do so on JIRA. To make feature requests and talk about our future plans, you will also now use JIRA.

We plan to deprecate Worklog and Launchpad bugs by 30 June 2012. Launchpad will however continue to host the source code for MariaDB.

What will happen to bugs already reported on Launchpad? We have migration scripts ready for this and when we press the button bug reports will nicely migrate over to JIRA. After that is done we’ll place a notification on the MariaDB bugs page in Launchpad about reporting new bugs in JIRA.

What will happen to feature requests and ideas already in worklog? Worklog will be put into a read-only mode and there will be notifications about the move to JIRA. Whenever needed we’ll copy & paste worklog items into JIRA.

What does it mean to the openness of the MariaDB project? It’s not affected at all. The MariaDB project will remain an open community friendly project and as a bonus it will be easier to follow what is going on in the project since you don’t have to jump between several tools to get the complete picture.

The consolidation to JIRA provides the means to report and track project status easier than before, which allows the MariaDB team, community members and other to better coordinate and prioritize work.

As a side note, JIRA (and other software by Atlassian) has sometimes been criticized in the open source world because of its commercial nature and many are unaware of the fact that Atlassian do offer a free Open Source Project License to open source projects, which is what is being used with MariaDB.

As another side note, I’m not going to dive into comparing features in e.g. Launchpad with features in JIRA. I do know it would be possible to use blueprints for feature specifications etc. in Launchpad. The most important aspect in my mind is that you pick a tool that you like the feel of, has the features you need and tightens collaboration between developers, project managers, community members and other persons involved in the project.

In short, this is all about three project tools becoming one.