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No-SQL-flavored MariaDB release goes live

Lucy Carey

MariaDB 10 is now GA, complete with “Connect engine” for easy data wrangling from both traditional SQL databases and sharding functionalities.

The MariaDB Foundation, a body formed to advance and
protect planet MariaDB and all its inhabitants, announced the

general availability
of version 10 of the database on

Included in yesterday’s release drop were new versions
of MariaDB Enterprise and MariaDB Enterprise Cluster by commercial
arm SkySQL. And, excitingly, all of these editions will combine the
consistency of vanilla SQL database technology with the scalability
of NoSQL.

MariaDB has long been regarded as a kind of missing link between MySQL and NoSQL databases.
With NoSQL flavored functionalities stirred in, SkySQL have upped
the ante for the database in the enterprise. To this end, MariaDB
10 comes with Dynamic Columns to store disparate labelled data
objects in each row of a table. According to the MariaDB blog, you
can access data from Cassandra data directly inside MariaDB 10, and
interoperate directly with a widely adopted Big Data

Another superhero of this release is the Connect
engine, which is tuned to provide swift access to unstructured
files, for example log files in a folder, from within MariaDB.
Users are also now able to access Cassandra data from within
MariaDB 10, and “dynamic columns” also allow NoSQL-style storage of
variously-labelled objects in each row.

There are also sharding functionalities, enabled by
the SPIDER engine. With this feature big database tables can be
split across multiple servers, boosting performance and scale.

Additionally, the Foundation claims that MariaDB 10 is
unmatched in speed when compared to previous incarnations of the
database, especially legacy database MySQL. This is apparently
thanks to new features such as parallel replication and further
advanced group commits.

For app developers looking to build what team Maria refers to as
“serious, revenue-generating applications” there’s a next
generation release of MariaDB Enterprise in the pipeline, packed
with all a full tool kit for running MariaDB in big and complicated
production environments.

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