MariaDB Acquires Geospatial Solutions Firm CubeWerx

map_tab_new_mosaic For an unknown sum, MariaDB Corporation has acquired CubeWerx, a developer of geospatial technologies. With the acquisition, MariaDB would gain scalable, cloud-native geospatial capabilities that it plans to offer through its MariaDB SkySQL fully managed cloud service.

Geographic information and data are becoming more and more crucial to enterprises worldwide, stated MariaDB. The amount of location-based and imagery data becoming available is increasing as a result of new drones, satellites, and sensors. Businesses would now have a unique opportunity to incorporate geographic data into their applications and provide services and capabilities that they previously couldn’t.

“We’re taking a unique, developer-centric approach to delivering geospatial capabilities that no other database vendor has taken,” said Jags Ramnarayan, Vice President and General Manager for SkySQL at MariaDB Corporation. “While other databases such as PostgreSQL and Oracle have added geospatial capabilities directly into the database, we are taking a modern cloud-native approach of managing virtually infinite amounts of geospatial data on low-cost, durable cloud storage and providing OGC standards-based REST APIs to access the data. We believe this approach will allow MariaDB to leapfrog the database world for geospatial application development.”

Jags Ramnarayan, VP and GM for SkySQL at MariaDB
“We’re taking a unique, developer-centric approach to delivering geospatial capabilities that no other database vendor has taken,” said Jags Ramnarayan, VP and GM for SkySQL at MariaDB.

The use cases are infinite, according to MariaDB, ranging from applications that increase prediction accuracy, inventory management, and even equities trading, to mapping services for anything from location awareness to route optimization.

Geospatial data would now be present in up to 90 percent of all government data. In addition to the public sector, geospatial technology is being creatively applied in the manufacturing, financial services, gaming, insurance, construction, and energy sectors to provide better services and innovative products. Tracking climate change, carbon emissions, and their effects on the world’s ecosystems depends heavily on geospatial data and services.

“We’re at the tipping point for geospatial to be a must-have dimension in building new applications,” said Lynne Schneider, Research Director, Location and Geospatial Intelligence, IDC. “In the past, relatively few people were capable of building geospatial applications. Now people are waking up to the possibilities that geospatial affords and open standard API-driven approaches will let more people take advantage of these rich capabilities. With the acquisition of CubeWerx, MariaDB is stepping into a really great spot.”

API-driven Approach for Developers

The development of geospatial applications has shifted away from the conventional geospatial database interface to the usage of commercial geospatial libraries and web APIs. This web services strategy would be simple to use while making application integration a snap.

With CubeWerx, MariaDB will offer geospatial in the manner in which developers might use it – through cutting-edge, open-standard APIs. In order to achieve great size and high performance, CubeWerx handles data in stages. It relies on limitless cloud storage for raster data, which is typically large, and uses MariaDB to manage regularly used vector data (such as a geolocation) and for clever caching (e.g., satellite imagery). With this method, data volume would no longer be a limiting factor, allowing geographical data to expand to any scale.

“MariaDB’s vision for how to deliver geospatial capabilities aligns perfectly with what we’ve built at CubeWerx,” said Edric Keighan, Co-Founder of CubeWerx and Vice President for geospatial engineering at MariaDB Corporation. “Our team brings significant experience in geospatial to MariaDB, having worked as the original implementers of Oracle Spatial. We’ll be able to help execute MariaDB’s vision to bring the best geospatial experience to developers and end users, reaching an even broader audience.”