MariaDB is a community-developed fork of MySQL, a relational database management system for developers looking for a robust, scalable, and reliable SQL server. Its current version is based on MySQL 5.5 and has the capability to provide powerful multi-source replication for data warehouses, to support subqueries that maximize performance, and to make replication more reliable with global transaction IDs.

Today, the MariaDB team is releasing MariaDB 10.0.5, which includes parallel slave replication threads, a feature sponsored by Google. Parallel replication has the ability to remove bottlenecks in replicated configurations, which is crucial as storage speeds increase to keep systems moving quickly.

Internally at Google, we’ve already deployed MariaDB 10.0 to our non-production MySQL instances to help report bugs and work with the MariaDB team to test their fixes. This release takes the MariaDB 10.0 branch from alpha to beta status, where the team will shift focus from stabilization to bug fixes.

Google’s move and support of MariaDB doesn’t affect our Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud SQL offering for developers.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has worked hard to get here!

By Ian Gulliver, Site Reliability Manager