• Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson announce MariaDB Foundation
  • Leading organizations pledge EUR1M to launch not-for-profit organization
  • Further sponsors sought; Board elections to be held February 2013

Percona Live Conference, London – December 4, 2012 –The founders of the most popular databases on the web, Michael Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson today announced the formation of the MariaDB Foundation. “MariaDB continues the project started 18 years ago when we founded MySQL, with code maintained by the same dedicated core team. The time is right for an independent organisation to to safeguard the interests of MariaDB users and developers as we head towards MariaDB 10” said David Axmark.

“The MariaDB Foundation has the potential to become a new beacon for the MySQL ecosystem. SkySQL is pleased to support the Foundation,  which can show leadership and continued evolution of the most widely used Open Source database.” said Patrik Sallner, CEO of SkySQL

Peter Zaitsev, co-founder of Percona said “We are delighted to support the MariaDB Foundation. We see the Foundation as a way of guaranteeing the stability and production engineering we need in the core code we share with so many other companies and users.”

Dan Shearer, veteran of the OpenChange and Samba teams added “Not only are databases increasingly embedded in infrastructure, but they are a means of expression. People engaged in genome research, public statistics bodies and open access data projects are concerned that their databases stay accessible for generations to come.Longevity is as much an issue as clustering and high availability.”

In its mission statement, the MariaDB Foundation exists to improve database technology, including standards implementation, interoperability with other databases, and building bridges to other types of database such as transactional and NoSQL. To deliver this the Foundation provides technical work in reviewing, merging, testing, and releasing the MariaDB product suite. The Foundation also provides infrastructure for the MariaDB project and the user and developer communities.

Monty Widenius is looking forward to an autonomous MariaDB Foundation. “Tens of millions of users rely on MariaDB and MySQL and they have more to thank than just all the excellent developers and persons helping to package and distribute MariaDB and MySQL. MariaDB exists thanks to the strength of the GPL and the efforts of the organizations who defend it such as our friends at the Software Freedom Conservancy and the Free Software Foundation Europe. The MariaDB Foundation will provide leadership on technical, legal, and policy matters of interest to all the community.”

About MariaDB
MariaDB is the compatible successor to MySQL, the world’s most popular Open Source database. MariaDB has greatly improved scalability and performance, engines for NoSQL and volume transaction processing, and clustering capability. The MariaDB client libraries are available under the liberal LGPL license, enabling a new generation of commercial applications. In a study by the 451 Group in May 2012, 85% of the companies surveyed were using MariaDB or MySQL data formats.

About the MariaDB Foundation
The MariaDB Foundation is a non-stock corporation that has applied for the US 501(c)(3) status, with so far 8 founders and 2 sponsors having pledged support, and more in discussion. In February 2013 the founders will appoint board members and confirm the bylaws. Until then the interim officers of the Foundation are:

  • Andrew Katz, Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel
  • Monty Widenius, Chief Technology Officer
  • Niall McCarthy, Foundation Development

The Foundation welcomes new founders and sponsors. All enquiries to
foundation 'at' mariadb (dot) org.

 

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MariaDB is currently a registered trademark of Monty Program Ab.

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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.

Download links & additional resources

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.