Alibaba Cloud Wins MySQL Corporate Contributor Award

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has won the ‘2018 MySQL Community Awards: Corporate Contributor.’ This award recognizes Alibaba’s contribution to the MySQL ecosystem, one of the world’s most popular open source databases.

The MySQL award is a ‘from-the-community, by-the-community, and for-the-community’ initiative and winners are selected by an independent and diverse group of MySQL members.

The MySQL award would recognize Alibaba Cloud’s contributions to the open source communities and its efforts to empower developers around the world in recent years. Alibaba states that more than one hundred thousand MySQL instances are now running on ApsaraDB for RDS, Alibaba Cloud’s relational database services.

The award, presented earlier this week at the Percona Live conference held in Santa Clara, California, would be another accolade for the global cloud services provider. This is the second time Alibaba Cloud has received the coveted award from the MySQL community. In 2015, Alibaba Group became the first Asian company to be named a WebScaleSQL Contributor, alongside Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn.

AliSQL, MariaDB Funding

Alibaba Cloud authors AliSQL, a free and open source MySQL branch. They both take patches from various contributors, as well as providing Alibaba Cloud’s own at-scale patches for the MySQL server.

In March last year, Alibaba Cloud became a platinum sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation and a supporter of merging AliSQL patches into MariaDB. In September, Alibaba led a $27M investment in MariaDB, to increase efforts in the development of open source database solutions and emerging technologies.

“As a longtime contributor to MySQL and other open source communities, Alibaba Cloud has fostered a culture that encourages our teams to voluntarily contribute to various open source projects, either by sharing experiences or helping others to solve problems,” said Hong TANG, Chief Architect of Alibaba Cloud. “We believe this truly represents the essence of open source development, where everyone can build on each other’s knowledge as both a teacher and a student. By continuously contributing to bug-fixing and patch optimization for MySQL and other open source communities we can continue to make our technology inclusive.”