Database provider MariaDB announced today that its competitor is taking over Clustrix. The amount of money involved in the takeover is not known, but we do know that the takeover was partly paid for with money that MariaDB raised at an investment round last year.

It appears that the takeover was paid for with money raised through a further expansion of last year’s investment round, which raised 54 million dollars. That money came from ServiceNow, an automation company involved in information technology and running more than 85,000 MariaDB databases.

Replacement of MySQL

Both MariaDB and Clustrix are drop-in replacements of MySQL. The way they organize data is the same as the way MySQL does it. This makes it easier to meet the unique requirements of a system and simplifies both the roll-out of databases and their maintenance.

One of the main advantages of Clustrix over MySQL is its scalability. According to MariaDB, some customers rely on the system to store millions of rows of data. One user, Nielsen Holdings, uses Clustrix to make more than 100,000 database changes per second.

Improved competitiveness

MariaDB will integrate Clustrix into its platform to provide better support for large customers like ServiceNow. Not only does MariaDB now think it can compete better with MySQL, but also with the relational databases Oracle offers, as well as those of other competitors.

This is also evident from a statement by CEO Michael Howard, who stated after the takeover that the options for scale-out databases are limited. Customers can opt for a traditional option such as Oracle, which is very expensive, or for a NoSQL option which offers little possibility for data integrity.

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