MariaDB Puts $25K on the Table in Distributed SQL Throwdown

Photo Robbie Mihalyi, SVP of Engineering at MariaDB Corporation
“We’re confident that MariaDB Xpand outperforms the early-stage distributed SQL offerings and we’re ready to put it to the test,” said Robbie Mihalyi, SVP of Engineering at MariaDB Corporation.

In a proof of concept, users are challenged to compare Xpand, MariaDB’s distributed SQL database to another distributed SQL solution. MariaDB will contribute $25K to a nonprofit or to pay the infrastructure expenses connected with executing the test if Xpand does not exhibit superior throughput and reduced latency.

The challenge applies to Xpand running on a customer’s hardware or cloud infrastructure, as well as Xpand running on MariaDB SkySQL in the cloud.

“We’re confident that MariaDB Xpand outperforms the early-stage distributed SQL offerings and we’re ready to put it to the test,” said Robbie Mihalyi, Senior Vice President of Engineering at MariaDB Corporation. “Whether in a private data center or in a public cloud, we believe Xpand is the leading distributed SQL solution on the market and we’re willing to put money on it.”

Comparison with Relational Databases

Distributed SQL is a new database category that focuses on scalability. Traditional relational databases have typically failed to keep up with digital enterprises’ extraordinary scaling issues. Scalability with relational databases was previously only possible through difficult, costly, and ineffective workarounds like sharding or expensive hardware, according to MariaDB. Scalability was sacrificed in favor of robust data consistency in non-relational techniques. Distributed SQL databases would include all of the benefits of a relational database, such as data integrity and high availability, with the added benefit of huge scalability.

Using distributed SQL and a shared-nothing architecture, Xpand would expand to millions of transactions per second with ease. Xpand is a genuine multi-writer that allows any node to be written to and provides read and write scale. According to MariaDB, it’s unbreakable and provides best-in-class high availability. Xpand would also offer the advantages of a relational database, such as excellent consistency and data integrity, while saving customers up to 90 percent on the cost of their old database.