SkySQL Cloud Database Gets Upgraded
October 21, 2020
MariaDB has made a major expansion of MariaDB SkySQL cloud database.
With this update, SkySQL now runs the latest version of MariaDB Platform
X5, which most notably added distributed SQL capabilities for global
scale. With the ability to be deployed as clustered or distributed,
MariaDB SkySQL addresses customers’ specific needs all within one
powerful, indestructible cloud database.
“We built MariaDB SkySQL to reduce the complexities introduced by
first-generation cloud databases,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB
Corporation. “The current landscape requires a smorgasbord of cloud
services to get a single job done – AWS RDS for simple transactions,
Aurora for availability and performance, Redshift for cloud data
warehousing and Google Spanner for distributed SQL. SkySQL gives you all
these capabilities in one elegant cloud database that delivers a
consistent MariaDB experience regardless of the way you deploy it.”
A cloud database that grows with you
For organizations, with success and growth come new requirements and
challenges. Standard transactions with high availability is a good
starting place for any business but as a company grows, a cloud data
warehouse for fast data analysis may be necessary or massive scalability
may be required to keep up with worldwide demand. With MariaDB SkySQL,
customers can start small and have a path to expand to meet any future
requirement – adaptively, pragmatically and with extreme ease.
Open book pricing reflects open source integrity
MariaDB is taking a cloud database pricing approach that is transparent
and predictable for customers. Rather than upcharge for high
availability setup, failover, backups or a database proxy for a single
connection point, SkySQL is all-inclusive. Unlike with other cloud
providers, failover replicas can be fully utilized for read scale rather
than existing as an insurance policy only.
Expanded SkySQL features
SkySQL now supports MariaDB Platform X5, including the latest
versions of MariaDB Enterprise Server, advanced database proxy MaxScale
and smart engines ColumnStore and Xpand for new and expanded cloud
capabilities, and offers:
MariaDB Platform for distributed SQL: Xpand is a new smart engine
that delivers distributed SQL through MariaDB Enterprise Server. This
functionality is now also available in SkySQL with elastic scale, making
it easy to increase or decrease capacity to handle anticipated usage
spikes, such as increased shopping around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Xpand in SkySQL also automatically rebalances data hotspots for optimum
MariaDB Platform for analytics: SkySQL includes a fully distributed
cloud data warehouse that now provides massively parallel processing (MPP)
for scalability and high availability on large datasets.
End-to-end security: All SkySQL databases are secure by default, built
from the ground up to provide the ultimate security in the cloud. SkySQL
now also enforces secure SSL/TLS connections for any database access,
avoiding exposure of data due to insecure defaults or configuration
Radically reduced complexity for application development: SkySQL
provides a single connection point for applications rather than exposing
individual database instances, primaries or high availability replicas.
SkySQL manages read/write-splitting, seamless failover and application
session migration. The result is fault tolerance and efficient use of
resources that is completely transparent to developers and end users.
Expanded monitoring: SkySQL monitoring shows the status and all vital
metrics for database instances and is highly customizable. The
monitoring tool is updated to support the new topologies enabled in this
new release of SkySQL such as Xpand for distributed SQL.
SkySQL is available now. New users who sign up now receive $500 in