This Week in Data with Colin Charles 20: cPanel changes strategy, Percona Live CFP extended

This Week in Data with Colin Charles 20: cPanel changes strategy, Percona Live CFP extended

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Colin CharlesJoin Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.

I think the biggest news from last week was from cPanel – if you haven’t already read the post, please do – on Being a Good Open Source Community Member: Why we hesitated on MySQL 5.7. cPanel anticipated MariaDB being the eventual replacement for MySQL, based on movements from Red Hat, Wikipedia and Google. The advantage focused on transparency around security disclosure, and the added features/improvements. Today though, “MySQL now consistently matches or outpaces MariaDB when it comes to development and releases, which in turn is increasing the demand on us for providing those upgraded versions of MySQL by our users.” And maybe a little more telling, “when MariaDB 10.2 became stable in May 2017 it included many features found in MySQL 5.7. However, MySQL reached stable nearly 18 months earlier in October 2015.” (emphasis mine).

So cPanel is going forth and supporting MySQL 5.7. They will continue supporting MariaDB Server for the foreseeable future. This really is cPanel ensuring they are responsive to users: “The people using and building database-driven applications are doing so with MySQL in mind, and are hesitant to add support for MariaDB. Responding to our community’s desires is one of the most important things to us, and this is something that we are hearing asked for from our community consistently.”

I, of course, think this is a great move. Users deserve choice. And MySQL has features that are sometimes still not included in MariaDB Server. Have you seen the Complete list of new features in MySQL 5.7? Or my high-level response to a MariaDB Corporation white paper?

I can only hope to see more people think pragmatically like cPanel. Ubuntu as a Linux distribution still does – you get MySQL 5.7 as a default (very unlike the upstream Debian which ships MariaDB Server nowadays). I used to be a proponent of MariaDB Server being everywhere, when it was community-developed, feature-enhanced, and backward-compatible. However, the moment it stopped being a branch and a true fork is the moment where trouble lies for users. I think it was still marginally fine with 10.0, and maybe even 10.1, but the ability to maintain feature parity with enhanced features has long gone. Short of a rebase? But then… what would be different to the already popular branch of MySQL called Percona Server for MySQL?

While there are wins and support from cloud vendors, like Amazon AWS RDS and Microsoft Azure, you’ll notice that they offer both MySQL and MariaDB Server. Google Cloud SQL notably only offers MySQL. IBM may be a sponsor of the MariaDB Foundation, but I don’t see their services like Compose offering anything other than MySQL (with group replication nonetheless!). Platinum member Alibaba Cloud offers MySQL and PostgreSQL. However, Tencent seems to suggest that MariaDB is coming soon? One interesting statistic to watch would be user uptake naturally.

Events

From an events standpoint, the Percona Live 2018 Call for Papers has been extended to January 12, 2018. We expect an early announcement of maybe ten talks in the week of  January 5. Please submit to the CFP. Have you got your tickets yet? Nab them during our Percona Live 2018 super saver registration when they are the best price!

FOSDEM has got Sveta and myself speaking in the MySQL and Friends DevRoom, but we also have good news in the sense that Peter Zaitsev is also going to be at FOSDEM – speaking in the main track. We’ll also have plenty of schwag at the stand.

I think it’s important to take note of the updates to Percona bug tracking: yes, its Jira all the way. Would be good for everyone to start also looking at how the sausage is made.

Dragph, a “distributed fast graph database“, just raised $3m and released 1.0. Have you used it?

On a lighter note, there seems to be a tweet going around by many, so I thought I’d share it here. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

He’s making a database
He’s sorting it twice
SELECT * FROM girls_boys WHERE behaviour = “nice”
SQL Claus is coming to town!

Releases

Link List

Upcoming appearances

  • FOSDEM 2018 – Brussels, Belgium – February 3-4 2018
  • SCALE16x – Pasadena, California, USA – March 8-11 2018

Feedback

I look forward to feedback/tips via e-mail at colin.charles@percona.com or on Twitter @bytebot.

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