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MariaDB acquires Clustrix to advance its database platform

The prominent database provider MariaDB has acquired Clustrix to make its database platform more advanced.

Clustrix is a provider of relational database engineered for cloud and datacenter. Known for the scalability it provides, the ClustrixDB is an ideal database solution for high-transaction, high-value applications. It delivers over 25 trillion transactions every month through its customers, translating to datasets in billions of rows.

Whereas, MariaDB is an adaptable solution because of its architecture that supports pluggable and purpose-built storage engines.

The acquisition will help MariaDB to add Clustrix’s database scalability to its own platform and better compete in the market. The joint solution will come with higher availability and greater scalability as compared to other traditional distributed options.

“Today, the choices for a scale-out database option are limited – go with a traditional solution like Oracle with high cost and bloat or choose a NoSQL solution that has limited capabilities for data integrity,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation.

“With Clustrix, MariaDB can provide a better solution for our customers that have challenging scale-out enterprise environments. Our distributed solution will satisfy the most extreme requirements of our largest customers and gives them the freedom to break from Oracle’s lock-in.”

Recently, MariaDB made additional investment in its platform for further innovation. The company believes that the acquisition of Clustrix will allow MariaDB Labs to tackle the challenges in database field. These challenges are extreme in distributed computing, machine learning, next-generation chips, and memory and storage environments.

“At Nielsen Marketing Cloud, we needed a high-performance solution to process over 100,000 transactions per second,” said Brent Keator, VP of Infrastructure for Nielsen Marketing Cloud (formally eXelate).

“Distributed technology from Clustrix combined with their world-class support team gave us the scale, performance and reliability that we could trust. With Clustrix becoming part of MariaDB, we’re excited to continue to use the technology that handles our high transaction workloads with ease while using the popular, modern MariaDB platform with its proven enterprise functionality.”

Also read: MariaDB open sources MariaDB TX 3.0 compatible with Oracle database

Clustrix is the second company to be acquired by MariaDB in 2018. Earlier this year, MariaDB also acquired MmmothDB to strengthen its analytics solution called MariaDB AX.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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IDC recognizes innovators in relational database software market 2018

IDC (International Data Corporation) has recognized Clustrix, Cockroach Labs, NuoDB, and Splice Machine as the IDC Innovators for dynamically scalable and alterable relational database software in 2018.

The emerging vendors which generate over $100 million revenue, and have demonstrated either an innovative business model or technology, are considered as the IDC Innovators.

Relational database management systems (RDBMS) are a group of programs that allow enterprises to create, update, administer and interact with a relational database. The enterprise-grade RDBMS generally use SQL to access the database.

The RDBMS helps enterprises to gain flexibility and scalability in the technologies they use. It enhances the utility for complex analysis of real-time data, and supports analytics transaction processing (ATP). The ATP is a combination of online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP).

According to IDC, the technologies built by the IDC innovators provide all the benefits expected by RDBMS, and additionally provide support for dynamic resource and dynamic schema change, and extension of databases across several clusters and regions.

“It is often stated as an article of faith that relational databases can’t scale, but there is nothing about the concept of relational databases that supports that assertion,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president for Data Management Software at IDC. “A new class of RDBMSs has overcome the flexibility and scalability obstacles and also supports dynamically adding or removing resources such as processor capacity (nodes) and storage or making dynamic schema changes without interrupting database operations.”

Clustrix is known for its scale-out database called ClustrixDB that scales the database horizontally by adding cores and servers using a shared-nothing architecture. It moves the query to the data, rather than moving data to the query.

Cockroach Labs provides the SQL database for cloud services through CockroachDB. The CockroachDB helps companies to simplify the process of running a distributed database by automatically scaling, rebalancing, and repairing data.

Whereas, NuoDB is an elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications. The NuoDB database system can run on containers, virtual machines, and across on-premises, public and hybrid cloud environments.

Splice Machine is disrupting the traditional database world with a hybrid data platform that unifies streaming, analytics and transactions in a single relational database system, removing latency, cost and complexity from supporting modern big data applications.

Also read: MongoDB removes need for traditional relational database with version 4.0

SM- Clustrix, Cockroach Labs, NuoDB and Splice Machine recognized as innovators by IDC in relational database software.