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Specialists of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) have converted one of the largest database slaves behind the English Wikipedia from MySQL to MariaDB, version 5.5.28. This project is to be completed for the English Wikipedia by the end of 2012. Other language versions of the online encyclopedia will follow in the first quarter of 2013.
The reason for this move is not primarily of a technical nature Asher Feldman, Site Architect at the Wikimedia Foundation, said: “It is in the interest of the WMF and open source communities to come together with the MariaDB Foundation – the best way in order to provide a truly open and well-supported future derived from the MySQL database technology – safely. ” (Steven J. Vauhan-Nichols: http://practical-tech.com/).
The recently established foundation of MariaDB users and providers will determine the future direction of the technical guidelines of MariaDB, the alternative open source database. The foundation is supported, amongst others, by the MariaDB development company Monty Program, founded by the MySQL co-founder Michael “Monty” Widenius and SkySQL Ab, known provider of tools and support for the MariaDB and MySQL databases.
However, the technical advantages of MariaDB are “the icing on the cake.” said Asher Feldman. According to statistics from Feldman an increase in throughput of two to ten percent (queries per second) was recorded. On average, the performance gains eight percent. Therefore, the WMF will also be testing new, unique features of the open-source database MariaDB upon completion of the migration project and implement these over time.
SkySQL & Monty Program had just recently announced the availability of the MariaDB Client Library for C and MariaDB Client Library for Java Applications.
This is relevant for developers building applications in C or Java that also make use of a MariaDB and/or MySQL database. They will now have an alternative source for a free-to-use, open source connector technology. The now-released clients differ from most other connectors for the MySQL database in that they are licensed under the permissive LGPL license, which imposes few usage restrictions even on commercial use.
SkySQL is the trusted provider of open source database solutions for MySQL and MariaDB users – in the enterprise and cloud, providing over 300 enterprise customers including Canal+, ClubMed, Constant Contact, Deutsche Telekom, La Poste, Virgin Mobile, Western Digital and XING with database deployment and management solutions.
With 250+ years of original MySQL experience, SkySQL has the leading MySQL talent pool with sponsorship by the original MySQL and MariaDB creators. It has also developed cloud-based database management solutions that bring ease of use, while providing an effective way to increase database productivity both in the enterprise and the cloud.
For more information, please visit www.skysql.com, and follow the company’s conversations on Twitter and Facebook.
About Monty Program
Monty Program Ab was founded by Michael “Monty” Widenius, the founder and creator of MySQL®. Monty Program is a center of engineering excellence for MariaDB, the Aria storage engine, the MySQL® database, and other associated technologies.
More than half of our staff are full-time developers, including most of the original MySQL engineers, some new personnel, and Monty. We have a better knowledge of the core MySQL® database code than any other company! We are well funded and all of our plans and strategies take a long-term view.
For more information, visit:http://montyprogram.com/about/
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