As an open source relational database, MariaDB has been steadily gaining traction as an alternative to both MySQL and proprietary Oracle and IBM databases. Now the MariaDB Foundation is adding to that pressure by making available a release candidate of a MariaDB 10.1 version of the database that adds native support for encryption technologies that were primarily developed by Google.
MariaDB Corp. CEO Patrik Sallner says that given the cost and increased number of security breaches, being able to encrypt data at rest is now an enterprise IT requirement. Rather than forcing organizations to acquire third-party encryption software, Sallner says the MariaDB Foundation is opting to natively make sure that every read and write to MariaDB is encrypted.
With support from most of the major Linux vendors, Sallner says MariaDB is being deployed on premise, in managed hosting environments and public clouds. Most of those deployments are coming at the expense of primarily MySQL which, since becoming owned by Oracle, has fallen out of favor with a significant portion of the open source community, says Sallner. At the same time, Sallner says MariaDB is competing head to head against Oracle, IBM DB2 and higher-end versions of NoSQL databases that can handle a limited number of transactions.
How much of that momentum can be maintained by MariaDB naturally remains to be seen. But with engineering help now coming from Google, it’s apparent that MariaDB, for which MariaDB Corp. provides commercial support, is now clearly a legitimate database contender in the enterprise.