The Down and Dirty
The original MySQL was created by a Finnish/Swedish company, MySQL AB, founded by David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael “Monty” Widenius. The first version of MySQL appeared in 1995. It was initially created for personal usage but in a few years evolved into a enterprise grade database and it became the worlds most popular open source relational database software – and it still is. In January 2008, Sun Microsystems bought MySQL for $1 billion. Soon after, Oracle acquired all of Sun Microsystems after getting approval from the European Commission in late 2009, which initially stopped the transaction due to concerns that such a merger would harm the database markets as MySQL was the main competitor of Oracle’s database product. Out of distrust in Oracle stewardship of MySQL, the original developers of MySQL forked it and created MariaDB in 2009.
At WebAura, we migrated all of our shared hosting accounts as well as own databases from MySQL to MariaDB as a kick off to a fast and speedy 2017.
There are many advantages to this migration including but not limited to:
- MariaDB is developed fully in open source
- Quicker and more transparent security releases
- More cutting edge features
- More storage engines
- Better performance
Benefits to You
You may be reading this post asking, “What does this mean to me?”. Overall this means better database security and faster processing. Many of our clients are utilizing Content Management Systems (WordPress, Joomla, etc…) which will now run even quicker than before. Overall, you won’t have any noticeable effect from this upgrade other than your websites running faster. How cool is that?!
WebAura has strived to provide the best service, security and quickest performance for our clients. This is and always will be our mission. The upgrade to MariaDB will now make your websites faster than ever and more secure.