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The MariaDB Foundation Board has been meeting monthly since February and on Monday this week had the third meeting of the year. Here is an update on a couple of things from the meeting.

We’re happy to announce that Booking.com has renewed their support to the foundation. As a major corporate sponsor Booking.com has been offered a seat on the Foundation board. Booking.com nominated Eric Herman.  Eric has a history with MySQL dating from 2004 where he joined MySQL working on the server and tools.  In 2010, Eric joined Booking.com where he works on database scaling challenges and BigData. As a community member, he has contributed to the perl MySQL client driver, the perl interpreter, and other Free Software.  To represent community and industry interests in line with the Foundation mission, Eric Herman has joined the Board.

The current Members of the Board ordered by last name are:

  • Sergei Golubchik, Chief Architect, MariaDB Corporation
  • Eric Herman, Principal Developer, Booking.com
  • Espen Håkonsen, CIO of Visma and Managing Director of Visma IT & Communications
  • Rasmus Johansson (Chair), VP Engineering, MariaDB Corporation
  • Michael Widenius, CTO, MariaDB Foundation
  • Jeremy Zawodny, Software Engineer, Craigslist

Last but not least secretary of the Board is the Foundation’s CEO Otto Kekäläinen.

The list of corporate sponsors so far this year are:

In case your company is interested to support the MariaDB project through the MariaDB Foundation please contact ”foundation ‘at’ mariadb (dot) org”.

It might be of interest that the mariadb.org website is getting a facelift to both look more appealing but also include more relevant information about the project and the Foundation. More about that later.

Year 2014 was an important year for the MariaDB project with the release of MariaDB 10.0. Adoption continued to grow both organically and by MariaDB being included both in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Suse Linux Enterprise Server distributions as the default database option. Ubuntu started providing MariaDB as an option since their release 14.04. MariaDB also came available in many cloud services, e.g. DBaaS in the Rackspace Cloud and Cloud Foundry. Those are just a few highlights. There is of course a lot of other news from last year which has already been covered earlier.

If you’re interested in what the MariaDB Foundation worked on last year, Monty wrote a wrap-up on it. You can find it here.

In this article I want to focus on a few recent changes related to the MariaDB Foundation. On Monday this week, the MariaDB Foundation had its first board meeting of the year. In addition to all the general things on a board meeting agenda there were the following topics:

  • New memberships
  • Approval of new board member
  • Approval of new CEO

A Norwegian company called Visma has become a member of the MariaDB Foundation. Visma is a 6,000 person software company focused on finance and accounting software and services.

As part of Visma becoming a member it was also suggested that Visma gets a representative on the board. It would be hard to find a more suitable person for the job than Espen Håkonsen, CIO of Visma and Managing Director of Visma IT & Communications.

The MariaDB Foundation has been looking for a new CEO since Simon Phipps left last fall. Late last year discussions started with Otto Kekäläinen and he got interested. Otto is an entrepreneur in the open source business in Finland. He is the CEO of the open source consulting company Seravo. In addition he has several important open source roles in Finland and Europe. Otto is Finland’s representative in the Free Software Foundation Europe and in the steering group of COSS, the Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions, the umbrella open source association in Finland. Otto will also serve as the Secretary of the board.

These changes in the board and management of the MariaDB Foundation were approved in the board meeting. I’m delighted to have Espen and Otto to join the MariaDB Foundation. They bring a lot of new experience and ideas to the foundation. Welcome!

Chairman of the board
Rasmus Johansson

 

Best MariaDB ever hits the streets – MariaDB 10 innovations developed with Google, SkySQL & Fusion-IO

London, United Kingdom – 31 March 2014 – The MariaDB Foundation, an independent body which promotes the popular open source database MariaDB, today announced the much-anticipated general availability of MariaDB 10, providing today’s generation of application developers with enhanced performance and functionality.

Since its launch in 2009, MariaDB has built an active and vibrant open source community and has led the way in database innovation. In 2013, Wikimedia Foundation, the people behind Wikipedia, announced the migration of many of its production MySQL systems over to MariaDB and Google confirmed it aims to move its thousand-plus MySQL instances over to MariaDB technology.

Engineered by some of the world’s leading database experts, including MySQL founder, Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, MariaDB has been enthusiastically adopted by a fast-growing eco-system including influential Linux distributions Red Hat, Fedora, Suse and Debian. MariaDB 10 includes numerous innovations developed with and for web-scale players like Google, Fusion-IO and Taobao such as:

Replication

  • MariaDB 10 sets a new standard in performance. It is many times faster than previous generations of MariaDB and especially legacy database MySQL thanks to new features including parallel replication and a further advanced group commit. Also, the replication slaves are now crash-safe.
  • It’s also now possible to replicate data from multiple master servers giving a complete view of the distributed data across big datasets for real-time analytical purposes via the multi-source replication feature.

NoSQL Capabilities

  • The CONNECT engine enables dynamic access to diverse data sources dynamically, including unstructured files such as log files in a folder, or any ODBC database, from within MariaDB 10. Great for ETL (Extraction, Transformation and Load) and Real-Time analysis.
  • Dynamic Columns store disparate labelled data objects in each row of a table in much the same way as NoSQL technologies.
  • Access data from Cassandra data directly inside MariaDB 10, and interoperate directly with a widely adopted Big Data technology.

Sharding

  • MariaDB 10 includes built-in sharding in the form of the SPIDER engine, allowing big database tables to be split across multiple servers, for performance and scale. MariaDB combines sharding with the new replication features to provide true high availability.

Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, CTO MariaDB Foundation said: “MariaDB has led the way as a cutting-edge, open source database innovation. MariaDB 10 continues MariaDB’s reputation for delivering new capabilities ahead of the curve, building advanced features to address the needs of the most demanding users.

“We’d like to thank the tireless support of our principal contributors SkySQL and community members like Google and Fusion-IO whose continuous feedback is essential in driving innovation in MariaDB. We are also very thankful for all community developers that have contributed to the success of MariaDB.” concludes Widenius.

“We are delighted to see our collaboration with the MariaDB community come to fruition in the MariaDB 10.0 solution,” said Madhu Matta, Fusion-io Vice President of Hyperscale. “Databases continue to showcase how flash technologies like Fusion ioMemory drive application acceleration and solve critical customer problems. The unique combination of MariaDB 10 innovations and our flash aware interfaces like NVM Compression and Atomic Writes will help drive the next chapter of database technologies.”

Patrik Sallner, CEO SkySQL said: “MariaDB 10 is a landmark open source innovation and an evolution of the fundamental SQL technology which runs the world’s largest databases. Developers can now achieve state-of-the-art application performance at scale with a SQL database they know and trust. If you want fast and secure applications, MariaDB is the right choice.”

For application developers looking to build serious, revenue-generating applications using MariaDB, SkySQL will be soon releasing its next generation of MariaDB Enterprise that provides all the tools and professional expertise needed to run MariaDB in large, complex production environments.

About MariaDB Foundation
The MariaDB Foundation promotes, protects, and advances the MariaDB codebase, community, and ecosystem. It’s members are companies like SkySQL (who also employ many core MariaDB code contributors), Booking.com, Parallels and Automattic. In addition it receives sponsor support from a range of vendor and user companies. Visit www.mariadb.org to learn more.

For more information visit www.mariadb.org or contact Paul Maher, Positive Marketing on +44 7900 600013.

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