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MariaDB to soon release its big data analytics engine ColumnStore

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April 6, 2016

Earlier today, MariaDB said it's entering the big data analytics segment of the IT industry with its soon-to-be-released engine dubbed ColumnStore.

Slated to be in beta testing mode next month, the new analytics system is what's termed as a 'columnar storage engine'.

Engineered to allow massively parallel distributed query execution and data loading, MariaDB has stated that the offering will support a vast spectrum of use cases including real-time, batch processing and algorithmic calculations".

MariaDB CEO Michael Howard said that while traditional columnar appliances grew as reactions to the expensive and complicated nature of Oracle, they only managed to increase complexity and cost further.

In addition to ColumnStore, MariaDB announced today its MaxScale solution for data streaming, intending to simplify real-time data propagation to external Data Lakes or Data Warehouses and allow MariaDB transactions to be replicated in real time to Hadoop or any other data store, the company asserted.

"MariaDB ColumnStore is ACID compliant, very fast, massively parallelized, and uses a distributed storage engine," added Howard.

"What's equally important is its front end which provides the same interface, same security, same SQL's simplifying management, reducing overall operating costs," he asserted.

SQL giant Monty Widenius, who is MariaDB's CTO, said the company's analytics and streaming products "provide a holistic approach to increasingly demanding analytical processing tasks."

"I want to present the new future of MariaDB with all its different shades and the flexibility and strategic position that it has," Howard told us, but Monty's "big concern is not to change or impact the community around MariaDB."

MariaDB ColumnStore is released under the Open Source GPL2 license. Howard explained that he'd been attracted to MariaDB by "the engineering talent, the ubiquity, the popularity that it has in the IT community, and of course, the fact that it's open source, the notion that it's becoming strategic.

"The people here are not just working for money, but working because they believe they are making a better product, and a worthwhile contribution to the IT community, and that's what really counts," added Howard.

Source: MariaDB.

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