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SQL Server move to Linux a 'sad reflection of where Microsoft is', says MariaDB CEO

Scott Carey | March 17, 2016
New MariaDB CEO Michael Howard described Microsoft's decision to bring SQL Server database product to the open-source Linux operating systems as a "sad reflection of where Microsoft is" as the big vendor gives up its proprietary distribution model and has to fight in the open source market.

The new CEO

MariaDB secured a significant round of funding in January as it continues to grow, pulling in a $9m round led by Intel Capital. Around the same time it hired former C9 and Greenplum executive Michael Howard to become the CEO.

Howard said what excited him most about the role: "I've been in the database business since the beginning of my career, so I kind of use the term manifest destiny, in terms of taking everything I have learned and amalgamating that into things I want to build and do. MariaDB had an exceptional number of attributes to work with. It is my canvas."

The first major move of his tenure was the spring 2016 release of MariaDB enterprise. This release looked to solidify MariaDB's enterprise credentials with added security and performance features. These features include: the ability to defend data against application and network-level attacks, better support for faster development of high-performance applications, and higher service levels. The release also made improvements to availability, with connection pooling, automatic failover, and integration of Galera multi-master cluster technology.

So, what's next? "Even though I'm arrogant I have to keep some things to myself," said Howard in a move to avoid discussing specific features. "What you will see comes in three parts of the current release: Performance, high availability and security. These are all primary for the mission critical expectations of customers, across all sorts of apps. I felt very strongly that these bass notes need to come out immediately before the high notes you will see the rest of the year."


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