Hyperconnectivity and Openness in the Digital Age — The Computing Conference 2018

MariaDB-Alibaba Cloud Database Strategic Cooperation Launch

Perhaps the highlight of this session was the official announcement of the Alibaba Cloud-MariaDB strategic partnership, which featured Michael Widenius of MySQL/MariaDB and Cao Wei, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Database. With this partnership, the two companies will now offer enterprises direct support for MariaDB database deployments in the Alibaba Cloud and provide access to MariaDB’s most secure enterprise solution for transactional workloads. Alibaba Cloud customers will be able to enjoy the full benefits of MariaDB enterprise for their mission critical workloads with immediate access to essential patches, bug fixes and professional database support. Alibaba Cloud, winner of the MySQL Community Award, proves its dedication towards the open source database community through this partnership.

PolarDB: A Database System Made for the Future

Li Feifei, Head of Alibaba Database and Storage, introduced the powerful PolarDB and the upcoming PolarDB-X. PolarDB is Alibaba’s next-generation relational database based on the cloud computing framework. PolarDB was created to tackle the most difficult challenges in database management, including hybrid row/columnar storage, hybrid workloads, high availability, and scalability. PolarDB-X, a database engine based on the shared-nothing architecture, serves as an extension to PolarDB and is set to be launched in 2019.

  1. 325,000 sales transactions per second
  2. 4.37 million OLTP transactions per second
  3. 15 million queries per second
  4. <0.8 ms average latency

Open Source vs. Closed Source Software

Bruce Momjian, Co-Founder of PostgreSQL Global Development Group, talked about the adoption of open source relational database management systems (RDBMS) by enterprises. He stated that in the past, the software industry heavily favored the use of proprietary software due to the number of features and services provided. But as time passed, enterprises were affected by the limited lifetime of proprietary software. He summarized the lifecycle of proprietary software as follows:

  1. Innovation: A new and innovative proprietary software is introduced to the market.
  2. Market growth: The public starts noticing and adopting the proprietary software.
  3. Market saturation: At this stage, the software is so widely adopted that there is no longer room for growth.
  4. Maximize profit, minimize costs: For the software to be sustainable, development and support resources are reduced.
  5. Maintenance mode: Due to the reduction of investment, there is limited innovation for the proprietary software.
  6. End-of-life

Multi-Model Databases for Emerging Technologies

With the rise of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data, we have seen a rapid growth in not only the amount of data but also the types of data stored. Most enterprises prefer storing these types of data in its raw format, which gives rise to NoSQL databases. In fact, NoSQL databases have become the preferred choice when running big data analytics or machine learning systems. Ye Xiang, Senior Staff Engineer of Alibaba Cloud, discussed how Alibaba Cloud enables enterprises to meet the needs of big data with its ApsaraDB NoSQL Open Source database, which supports both Redis and MongoDB.

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