MariaDB gets alpha of Galera clustering
Monty Program's MariaDB team has announced the first availability of MariaDB Galera, a clustering solution that is the result of a partnership between the MariaDB team and Codership. The alpha release, which should not be used for production systems, includes a merge of MariaDB 5.5.25 with Galera Cluster from Codership in a combination that is said to offer a read/write scalable system, synchronous multi-master replication and guaranteed data consistency.
"We've received a significant amount of requests for a MariaDB based Galera cluster and today we’re proud to deliver that," said Michael "Monty" Widenius, adding that Monty Program and partners are preparing to roll out the GA product and, via SkySQL, professional services, in what is planned to be a rapid release cycle,
Codership's Galera Cluster software was originally developed for MySQL. The open source clustering solution uses its own replication technology, which is integrated with the MySQL or MariaDB database using a wsrep API implementation. "It’s great that we are working closely with an upstream provider of a MySQL-compatible binary, MariaDB. We no longer have to spend time coding against out-of-tree changes as we’re part of MariaDB," said Seppo Jaakola, CEO of Codership.
Source and binaries for MariaDB Galera Cluster are available to download and come with release notes and a change log. The binaries are available for 32- and 64-bit versions of Fedora 17, Fedora 16, CentOS 6, CentOS 5 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5). Debian and Ubuntu repositories are also available. MariaDB is under the GPLv2, while Galera Cluster is under the GPLv3.