At its annual user and developer conference MariaDB OpenWorks in Manhattan's Financial District, MariaDB Corp announced it's releasing a new version of its MariaDB, MySQL-compatible database management system (DBMS), MariaDB Enterprise Server 10.4. This new business server comes with more powerful and fine-grained auditing, faster, highly reliable backups for large databases, and end-to-end encryption for all data at rest in MariaDB clusters. This is the MariaDB for demanding companies that want the best possible DBMS.
MariaDB Enterprise Server, which will be released in 2019's second quarter, remains fully open source. Going forward, it will be the default version for MariaDB Platform on-prem or in the cloud customers. MariaDB CEO Michael Howard wants to make sure that MariaDB users and developers know that MariaDB Community Server is not becoming a second-class citizen. MariaDB's corporate side will continue to collaborate with the community.
The new MariaDB Enterprise Server comes with the following new features:
What it boils down to is that the Enterprise Server is MariaDB tuned up for high-end corporate use.
As Max Mether, MariaDB's VP of Server Product Management, explained, "We're seeing that our enterprise customers have very different needs from the average community user. These customers are working on a completely different scale with a strong focus on stability and security."
Pat Casey, ServiceNow's, a major MariaDB customer, SVP of Development and Operations, added in a statement: "Better quality assurance and stability of critical enterprise features are extremely compelling. At our scale and in production with 100,000 MariaDB databases, reliability is what matters most."
This new version comes only a few months after MariaDB merged its separate analytic and transaction offerings into a single platform, MariaDB Enterprise Server 10.3. Depending on your needs, you may not need to upgrade from 10.2 and 10.2. The company will updated versions of these DBMSs, which will include a form of these high-end enterprise features, such as enhanced backup.