MariaDB plucks LinkedIn database vet Nishant Vyas for CTO

Vyas was one of LinkedIn's early employees, eventually going on to manage its Database Engineering and Operations team.

Database firm MariaDB has nabbed LinkedIn veteran Nishant Vyas to become its next chief technology officer.

Vyas was one of LinkedIn's early employees, eventually going on to manage LinkedIn's Database Engineering and Operations team and contributing to the social network's Economic Graph concept.

The move to MariaDB will pile a bit more responsibility onto Vyas' plate, as the database powers billions of users on sites like Google search and Wikipedia.

"Key to the strategic success of the company, my role as CTO is to engage with users and partners to understand their requirements and collaborate to build the right solution that addresses those urgent needs," Vyas said in a statement. "My ambition is to evolve MariaDB's reputation for responsive innovation into one of a technology leader. No great technology can be built in a vacuum."

MariaDB is the community-developed branch of Oracle's open-source MySQL database, acquired by Sun Microsystems for $1 billion and later by Oracle for $7.4 billion. By the time the latter took place in 2010, some of the database's original creators had exited to create MariaDB. Last October, the commercial MariaDB company SkySQL changed its name to the MariaDB Corporation.

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