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MariaDB last week announced the availability of MariaDB TX 2.0, a fully functional open source transactional database solution for modern application development and enterprise use cases.

MariaDB TX offers a comprehensive package of technology and services, including feature-rich new releases of MariaDB Server and MariaDB MaxScale, which close the functional gap between open source and proprietary offerings. It is part of a MariaDB's larger effort to offer complete solutions to support specific workload needs, whether transactional, analytical or developer-focused.

The TX 2.0 release meets business technology needs for increased agility, scalability and security. It provides developers with an open and extensible database solution that lets them develop many different types of applications easily.

This release introduces JSON support and the MyRocks storage engine (alpha).

It also offers data masking to protect sensitive data, and result set limiting for denial-of-service protection, noted MariaDB spokesperson Shane Johnson.

"This ensures queries that would return too much data and impact database service/availability are blocked," he told LinuxInsider.

Multiple Options

MariaDB is one of several companies targeting business customers' database requirements for online transaction processing and data analytics.

The question of suitability mainly relates to whether an organization prefers open source to proprietary solutions like Oracle DB, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQ, observed Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

"Server or open source alternatives, including MariaDB, Postgres and MySQL, all have their strong and weak points," he told LinuxInsider, but MariaDB appears to be attracting more developers and growing more quickly than other open source DB projects."

That success is due in part to the strength of MariaDB's core features, as well as the company's development of complementary enterprise solutions like MariaDB MaxScale and MariaDB ColumnStore, King added.

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