Microsoft Forges Open-Source Alliance with MariaDB; Explores Cloud-Native Solutions

By CIOReview | Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Microsoft has already created quite a stir in the marketplace, by making truce with once arch rivals Red Hat. The wide-ranging cloud alliance will help customers in embracing hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility. Microsoft newfound interest on Linux and other open-source services, has further led to the integration of MariaDB Enterprise Cluster open-source database with the Azure Marketplace.

MariaDB has been one of the globally recognized open-source database solutions for SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications, with its market established over more than 45 countries, with 500 loyal clients, and more than two million world-wide users subscribing to this enterprise server.

Database administrators can now deploy the new MariaDB Enterprise Cluster with MaxScale, simply through Azure’s storefront for software vendors. The whole system constitutes of three different MariaDB Enterprises instances, linked by Galera and MaxScale middleware.

The latest offering presents a standard arrangement that businesses install on their own premises. For enterprise to get started, they need to collect Download Token from the company outside of Microsoft’s cloud platform, and after that, it takes automatic subsequent logins. Users craving for further functionalities can subscribe to add-on support package that includes services like notifications of critical updates embedded to a particular deployment and an extended support for database services.

MariaDB in the recent times has been seen catching fire in the Linux ecosystem, with emerging demands from both Red Hat Linux and SUSE Linux, to opt for it as the primary database option. The new Azure structure gives more control over the database architecture, to boost time-to-market of user’s open source solutions and applications. It has a unique feature that allows clients to make money off the Azure services, which in contrast to its other counterparts is a distinctive offering.

The new development marks a significant trend in Microsoft, but its about time to decide if the tech giant will be able to keep up the flame alive in the cloud platform, without having to forge new services in-house.