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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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Amazon and Salesforce planning to move away from Oracle database

Amazon seems to have made some progress toward open source database technology and is likely to stop preferring Oracle database software soon.

On Tuesday, The Information said that along with AWS, Salesforce too is venturing away from Oracle. AWS and Salesforce have been using Oracle’s software for a long time, since it was one of the limited series options to build web-scale cloud computing business.

Last month, Oracle CTO Larry Ellison was asked if customers were moving away from their database, and this is what he replied- “Let me tell you who’s not moving off of Oracle, a company you’ve heard of that gave us another $50 million this last — this quarter to buy Oracle Database and other Oracle technologies. That company is Amazon. They’re not moving off of Oracle. Salesforce isn’t moving off of Oracle.”

Amazon had been trying to get rid of Oracle since 2004 when a database migration outage happened, and Amazon faced some downtime. Ellison’s statement might have added fuel to the fire.

The anonymous sources stated that Salesforce and AWS are developing their own database software. Salesforce is developing a new database called Sayonara while AWS might move toward open-source technology- NoSQL.

Oracle is supporting many major cloud providers with its database technology, and if AWS and Salesforce find some independent solution, the chances are that other Oracle database customers too might move away from it.

Also read: Nvidia prohibits datacenter deployment of GeForce GPUs

It will be interesting to see how AWS and Salesforce tackle with the database matter, because Salesforce had once tried to move away from Oracle in 2013, but eventually had to team up again.