With Summer 2015 Release, MariaDB Enterprise Improves Developer Enablement and DevOps Productivity

MariaDB has released updates to its enterprise platform that are designed to accelerate deployment of open source DBMS applications and improve reliability and security for DevOps.

Offered as a subscription service, MariaDB Enterprise includes curated and hardened server binaries based on the MariaDB community server, along with a variety of tools to address the needs of mission-critical applications. MariaDB Enterprise includes technical support, customer portal, optional RDBA and consultative services.

Within the platform users have the option to deploy MaxScale, a database-aware proxy platform that provides capabilities such as load balancing, sharding and firewall protection, without the need to modify existing applications.

The MariaDB Enterprise Summer 2015 Release adds support for developer enablement and DevOps productivity tools such as Docker Containers, Chef Recipes and Cookbooks; the ability to launch email notifications and external scripts via MaxScale event triggers; and hardened and curated MariaDB Enterprise server binaries.

According to MariaDB, the Summer 2015 release builds on MariaDB’s role as the new “M” in LAMP as the default database in the Red Hat and SUSE Linux distributions. MariaDB is also included in Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Rackspace and other cloud stacks, and is a preferred database for IBM POWER8, the vendor says.

“Many of the things that we are doing really are around the area of developer enablement and working into the new deployment models that our customers have,” said Roger Levy, vice president of products at MariaDB.

The update further enhances reliability and security by adding client-side SSL support in MaxScale, integrated failure detection and failover with MaxScale, and failover built into the JDBC connector.

Additionally, scalability and performance of the platform is being improved to include MaxScale binlog server support for MariaDB 10 master and slaves, and optimized performance binaries for MariaDB Enterprise Cluster 5.5 and 10.0 on RHEL /CentOS 6 & 7.

Now the customer service experience is enhanced by extending online subscription management through the MariaDB customer to allow management of all third party and notification keys through the portal.

Enterprises that have begun to adopt Docker, are looking to deploy the cloud or are using automation platforms, will directly benefit from these updates, Levy said. 

Customers have been asking for some of these capabilities, according to Levy who added there are plans to add even more updates in the future. 

“We’ll add in the future additional technologies,” Levy said. “We’ll do Puppet and probably some of the other smaller emerging technologies. We’ll also expand it. We’re really looking to make sure we can fit into this evolving DevOps world which gives our customers the easiest and fastest way to deploy.”

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