MYSQL FORK COMPANY MariaDB has announced MaxScale, a service designed to ease the "key pains" of business growth while evolving the database management infrastructure beneath.
MaxScale acts as a proxy layer between the application logic and the database, ensuring improved stability, security and ease of use, according to MariaDB.
The plugin-based product shields the database infrastructure from the application-level code, providing the opportunity to expand an internal RDBMS system without requiring a direct change to the application by software developers.
MariaDB claimed that the MaxScale approach offers several benefits, including savings in development time and costs by simplifying database scalability.
MaxScale offers improved security, according to MariaDB, because the database code isn't changed and the proxy layer allows for a more granular control, while detecting and preventing potential SQL injections and unauthorised access.
Furthermore MaxScale is developer-friendly, the database company said, because the client applications can continue working without the need for rebuilding the code.
Customers can change a database platform, as MaxScale supports protocols from MySQL, JSON, Microsoft SQL Server, Hadoop, PostgreSQL and other popular database solutions.
MariaDB said in a blog post that it has tested MaxScale in real business environments, including at Italian hosting service Colt Engine.
Colt had almost no idea about the type of applications running on its Joomla hosting servers, nor how the applications were accessing MariaDB and MySQL instances.
MaxScale can be employed in this kind of environment to properly filter all the statements and easily decide what to do with them.
Alessandro Fustini, a Java developer at Colt Engine, described MaxScale as a "DBA's dream come true".
"It has a pluggable architecture which significantly increases flexibility and aids customisation as well as a lightweight, high-speed networking core delivering superior throughput," he said. µ
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