SkySQL to become MariaDB Corporation
New Branding Reflects Commitment to the MariaDB Database and Its Global Community
MariaDB Corporation LogoSan Francisco & Helsinki — October 1st, 2014 — SkySQL, the MariaDB company, today announced it has changed its name to MariaDB Corporation. The name change will more closely associate the MariaDB open-source database with the company behind it. The change is effective immediately.
“In 2010, SkySQL was founded as an alternative service provider for Oracle MySQL users. Last year SkySQL merged with Monty Program, the company behind the MariaDB project,” said Patrik Sallner, Chief Executive Officer at MariaDB Corporation Ab. “As the adoption of MariaDB has grown, SkySQL’s business model has evolved to provide enterprise-grade products and services to over 2 million MariaDB users. With this change, our goal is to get the brands aligned and to keep growing the MariaDB ecosystem.”
“However, we recognise that most MariaDB users continue to also use MySQL. In addition, there is a large base of MySQL users that have yet to try MariaDB. We therefore remain committed to supporting customers in their use of both technologies under the new brand name MariaDB Corporation,” said Sallner.
The MariaDB Foundation, and its mariadb.org community website, are unaffected by this change. MariaDB Corporation will change its corporate website from skysql.com to mariadb.com.
MariaDB is the open source, relational database developed by MySQL founder Michael “Monty” Widenius. Its popularity has grown rapidly among developers and IT professionals with ecosystem partners now including IBM, Red Hat, SUSE, Rackspace, HP, Intel and Fusion-io.
MariaDB adoption has shown an annual compound growth rate of 488% since its launch in 2009. Its common use cases include ecommerce, content management and delivery, mobile and social infrastructure, and user data management. MariaDB has particular strengths as the underlying database technology for building and managing Webscale applications.