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10 Data Analytics Vendors To Watch In 2018

Rick Whiting

MariaDB

Top Executive: CEO Michael Howard

MariaDB is the company behind the open-source relational database of the same name that's an increasingly popular alternative to other database software such as MySQL.

MariaDB, in fact, was engineered by CTO Michael "Monty" Widenius and other original developers of the MySQL database. They were concerned about the future of MySQL under Oracle, which acquired MySQL as part of its Sun Microsystems purchase in 2008, and founded MariaDB in 2009 to create a "fork" of the MySQL product line.

The MariaDB database offers a range of advanced functionality including replication and NoSQL capabilities. In May the company release MariaDB TX 2.0, a new release of the transactional edition of the database, and now offers MariaDB AX for data analytics and data warehouse tasks.

The company has headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and Menlo Park, Calif. Alibaba Group led a $27-million Series C funding round in November, bringing the company's total financing to $54 million.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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