MariaDB’s Acquisition of CubeWerx Introduces Cloud-Native Geospatial Data for Scalable Value

MariaDB Corporation is announcing its recent acquisition of CubeWerx, adding features like cloud-native, scalable geospatial capabilities to its fully-managed cloud service, MariaDB SkySQl. The use of geospatial data intends to revolutionize scalable business capabilities for improvements to several areas of enterprise processes, including advanced content tailoring to end users.

“We’re taking a unique, developer-centric approach to delivering geospatial capabilities that no other database vendor has taken,” said Jags Ramnarayan, VP and general manager for SkySQL at MariaDB Corporation. “While other databases such as PostgreSQL and Oracle have added geospatial capabilities directly into the database, we are taking a modern cloud-native approach of managing virtually infinite amounts of geospatial data on low-cost, durable cloud storage and providing OGC standards-based REST APIs to access the data. We believe this approach will allow MariaDB to leapfrog the database world for geospatial application development.”

Geospatial data grants access to precise mapping services intended for location awareness or route optimization, as well as provides applications employing geospatial data increased forecast accuracy, inventory management, and equity trading. Due to geospatial data’s wide variety of use cases, this method of data collection continues to prove useful for a variety of industries and their goals. According to the vendor, up to 90% of all government information includes geospatial data; this large number represents geospatial data’s growing importance to industry processes.

In terms of application development, geospatial data and how it is used is revolutionized through modern, open standard APIs. The acquisition of CubeWerx by MariaDB initiates this process of geospatial data analysis, bringing forward developer methods at enterprise scale. Specifically, CubeWerx manages data while keeping in mind extreme scale and quality performance, as MariaDB supplies efficient accessibility to geospatial data and intelligent caching while using unlimited cloud storage. Though in these cases the data tends to be in large capacity, this strategy for geospatial data helps eliminate concerns for size and allows for continuous increase in scale. 

“MariaDB’s vision for how to deliver geospatial capabilities aligns perfectly with what we’ve built at CubeWerx,” said Edric Keighan, co-founder at CubeWerx and VP for geospatial engineering at MariaDB Corporation. “Our team brings significant experience in geospatial to MariaDB, having worked as the original implementers of Oracle Spatial. We’ll be able to help execute MariaDB’s vision to bring the best geospatial experience to developers and end users, reaching an even broader audience.”

MariaDB is dedicated to open geospatial standards and is joining the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), according to the vendor.

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