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MariaDB: Unlocking the full power of its database platform in the cloud

About MariaDB

MariaDB is one of the world's most popular open source databases, serving a wide range of applications and industries. It is fast, scalable, and robust, with a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins, and other tools that make it versatile for a variety of use cases. The MariaDB Corporation, which oversees the development of MariaDB, is based in Redwood City, California.

Industries: Technology
Location: United States

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In its mission to provide a database that can handle any scale, any cloud, and any workload, MariaDB Corporation turned to Google Cloud to launch MariaDB SkySQL, its database as a service (DBaaS). SkySQL delivers unmatched flexibility and massive scalability in a cloud database that keeps up with customers’ changing needs—all while reducing an average of 90% of legacy database costs. It’s elastic and indestructible, with best-in-class high availability, designed to support each customer’s cloud strategy.

Google Cloud results

  • Optimized with cloud-native Kubernetes-based architecture
  • Run any workload and scale to grow with the organization
  • Increased efficiency for easy deployment and management
  • MariaDB can apply real-time updates to active services

MariaDB is one of the most popular databases in the world, turning data into structured information across a wide range of applications. Developed as an enterprise open source relational database, it provides a SQL interface for accessing data and an extensible architecture that enables the use of different storage engines to support both transactional and analytical workloads.

With the data revolution organizations are currently experiencing, MariaDB wanted to develop a stable, enterprise-grade solution that can grow with an organization while taking advantage of cloud-native capabilities. The ultimate goal was to launch the MariaDB database product as a service in the cloud.

Choosing Kubernetes as the key architecture component

MariaDB planned on using Kubernetes as a foundation to maintain its solution in the cloud. So when it came to choosing a provider to launch the service, they were adamant about working with the creator of Kubernetes, Google, to leverage its leading software-defined infrastructure and superior networking.

“Using Kubernetes has really streamlined the process, and makes things cheaper on our end,” says Robert Hedgpeth, Director of Developer Relations at MariaDB Corporation. “Things like efficiency and being able to quickly pivot or deploy in a very easy pattern, but also then taking advantage of some of the cloud-native capabilities. Traditionally we would have used something like block storage for all our storage engines. Now we have the option to use block storage or object storage, or tie into a variety of different services within Google Cloud that allow our users to become much more efficient, and really lower that cost.”

“We have the option to be able to use block storage or object storage, or tie into a variety of different services within Google Cloud that allow our users to become much more efficient, and really lower that cost.”

Robert Hedgpeth, Director of Developer Relations, MariaDB Corporation

Partnering with Google Cloud as the experts on Kubernetes—and a big supporter of open source—gave MariaDB a unique opportunity to bring best-of-breed solutions with “from the source” support for customers.

Built on top of Google Cloud and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), MariaDB SkySQL unlocks the full power of MariaDB Enterprise in the cloud. Now, MariaDB can extend its powerful enterprise features with unrivaled ease of use and groundbreaking innovation made possible by advanced Kubernetes in Google Cloud.

It takes full advantage of Google’s powerful, secure infrastructure and the self-healing capabilities of Kubernetes, using regional Kubernetes clusters to provide high availability across multiple zones. It also uses a combination of Google Persistent Disk and Cloud Storage to run transactions on high-performance block storage and analytics on low-cost object storage—giving users more flexibility when it comes to storage and allowing them to cut costs where possible.

Revolutionizing cloud access and scalability

A combination of Kubernetes, GKE, and the service capabilities provided inside Google Cloud made it possible for a small team to work extremely efficiently to deploy MariaDB to the cloud and make the service quickly available on Google Cloud Marketplace. Now SkySQL can bring to the cloud all the features and proven reliability that on-premises customers have come to trust.

At the same time, providing a service that runs in the cloud—rather than offering a packaged product—allows MariaDB to iteratively apply the latest bug fixes, security patches, and improvements to SkySQL as they become available. This feature makes SkySQL the only DBaaS on the market to offer customers the option of running the latest stable release of MariaDB Enterprise, never forcing them to run on old versions that are months or years behind.

Not only is MariaDB SkySQL easy to deploy and manage in the cloud, it was also designed to prioritize flexibility and scalability. The business agility delivered by Kubernetes and Google Cloud that makes SkySQL easy to deploy also makes the solution easily scalable as a business grows. With cloud scalability, users will never outgrow the service, whether they’re a two-person operation, an enterprise, or anywhere in between.

When end customers are ready to choose MariaDB SkySQL, its availability on Cloud Marketplace eliminates the need for additional contracts with separate terms and conditions. It also provides the same ease of access and unified billing of any other product in Google Cloud’s rich ecosystem of solutions.

“Customers can now quickly deploy and manage MariaDB SkySQL from Cloud Marketplace,” says Manvinder Singh, Director of Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Providing unified billing, increased ease of use, and a streamlined path to leveraging SkySQL’s analytics and transactional capabilities on Google Cloud.”

Customers can now quickly deploy and manage MariaDB SkySQL from Cloud Marketplace, providing unified billing, increased ease of use, and a streamlined path to leveraging SkySQL’s analytics and transactional capabilities on Google Cloud.”

Manvinder Singh, Director of Partnerships, Google Cloud

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About MariaDB

MariaDB is one of the world's most popular open source databases, serving a wide range of applications and industries. It is fast, scalable, and robust, with a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins, and other tools that make it versatile for a variety of use cases. The MariaDB Corporation, which oversees the development of MariaDB, is based in Redwood City, California.

Industries: Technology
Location: United States