Alibaba Cloud ApsaraDB for RDS — Winner of the 2018 MySQL Community Awards

At the Percona Live Open Source Database Conference, the MySQL Community announced Alibaba Cloud as the sole winner of the 2018 MySQL Community Awards, Corporate Contributor. The Corporate Contributor award recognizes the contribution of large enterprises and has been given to GitHub, Facebook, Oracle, and WebScaleSQL, a collaboration among Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Alibaba.

Peng Lixun (right-most person in the front row) receives the award on behalf of Alibaba Cloud’s ApsaraDB for RDS team.

The award recognizes Alibaba Cloud’s longtime contribution of patches and ideas to the open source communities and its efforts to help the MySQL Community and other open source communities improve MySQL, publish the source code for AliSQL and the related backup tool AliXtrabackup, and invest in MariaDB to protect the MySQL ecosystem. This announcement marks the first time the MySQL Community Awards has been given to a Chinese company since it was founded in 2005.

In this article, we will be briefly sharing the contributions of Alibaba Cloud to the MySQL community. The following patches and ideas may sound familiar to you, or they are features running on anApsaraDB for RDS instance to address your service needs.

Multiple Source Replication



Column Compression

Dynamic Column Addition

Auto-Increment Column Value Persistence

Optimized SemiSync

Hundreds of Patches for InnoDB Bug Fixing and Optimization

Cross-Engine Backup

Alibaba Cloud and the Open Source Community

Alibaba Cloud is an active contributor in the open source community. To learn more about Alibaba Cloud’s open source initiatives, check out these 12 open source projects.


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