OSCON: MySQL users wooed by Akiban

Akiban launches a new SQL-compliant database with a novel architecture

By , IDG News Service |  Big Data

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.

In addition to fully supporting SQL, Akiban also serves data though an HTTP GET statement formatted in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation). Support for more languages, such as Ruby on Rails and Java's Hibernate, are forthcoming as well.

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.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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