Despite this variance in the architecture, the database offers full support for all SQL commands and possesses the full set of ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) properties that ensure database reliability.
At present, the database can not scale out beyond a single server, except in cases of replication. The company will plans to work on a distributed version of the database, however.
To further entice developers over to Akiban, the company offers a tool that mimics MySQL, designed to appeal to current MySql users. MySQL Replication Adapter is a MySQL storage engine for MySQL that replicates MySQL database to an Akiban server. The company hopes organizations will use the engine to set up shadow copies of MySQL databases, and, over time, replace the MySQL databases with Akiban-based databases.
The company is also setting up a partnership with development platform cloud provider Engine Yard, which will offer a hosted version of the database.
The enterprise edition of Akiban Server has been available since the beginning of this year. It includes additional functionality not found in the community edition. The enterprise version costs typically costs between US$20,000 to $40,000 depending on the features used. The open source community edition, released Wednesday, is under the GPL (General Public License), version 3.