Thinking about migrating from MariaDB to MySQL HeatWave?

Isabel Clifton 12-Jan-2024 11:32:11

Here's what you need to know...

Many companies choose the dynamic, industry-standard MySQL HeatWave database for its exceptional security, high performance and ease of use. But why should you consider migrating from MariaDB to MySQL HeatWave? 


What is MySQL HeatWave?

MySQL Database is the world’s most popular open-source database, ranking as the second-most-popular database, behind Oracle Database (according to DB-Engines). Notable MySQL-powered applications include Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Uber and Airbnb.

MySQL HeatWave, deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, is a fully managed database service for transactions, real-time analytics across data warehouses and data lakes, and machine learning services, without the complexity, latency, and cost of ETL duplication. MySQL HeatWave provides companies with advanced features such as AutoPilot, Machine Learning and Lakehouse, which enables companies to improve performance and functionality whilst lowering costs. In comparison to Snowflake, MySQL HeatWave is one-eighth the cost and 3X faster, providing 27X better price-performance.

MySQL database can be deployed on various cloud platforms as well as on-premise, MySQL Enterprise Edition provides an on-premise database option with online backup, monitoring, management, visual database design, security features and high availability. MySQL Enterprise Edition helps you innovate faster, protects your organization’s data and ensures your database meets regulatory requirements.


MariaDB recently...

  • At the end of 2023, MariaDB declared it was ditching strategic products and cutting 28% of its workforce. MariaDB announced it would stop providing its DBaaS SkySQL and Xpand which does not align with where the market and competitors, such as MySQL, are heading. 
  • Soon Microsoft will no longer offer MariaDB as a managed Azure service, Azure Database for MariaDB is scheduled for retirement by September 19, 2025. Microsoft has decided to invest their flagship offering of Azure Database for MySQL database, taking advantage of the advanced features, performance and improved architecture of MySQL.


MySQL vs MariaDB

  • MariaDB has diverged from MySQL and can no longer deliver drop-in compatibility. None of the modern advances in MySQL 8.0 are available in any version of MariaDB. These advances in MySQL 8.0 include Transactional Data Dictionary, Group Replication, InnoDB Cluster, Shell, DocStore, and XProtocol.
  • MariaDB is not capable of supporting mission-critical systems, instead, relying on a combination of third-party products, with no single point of support. MySQL Enterprise Edition includes all the required capabilities for Monitoring, Backup, and Security (Authentication, Audit, Encryption, Firewall, and Masking). Furthermore, MySQL HeatWave provides companies with valuable advanced features including MySQL HeatWave Lakehouse, where users can process and query hundreds of terabytes of data in the object store—in a variety of formats, such as CSV, Parquet, and Aurora/Redshift export files. 
  • The MySQL team develops all MySQL core technology; whereas, MariaDB depends on the charity of third parties for its core technology, including from companies it competes with, e.g., Percona (XtraBackup), Codership (Galera), Spider Engine, etc. MariaDB also depends on upstream MySQL for core technology, including InnoDB.
  • MySQL has a global team of support personnel available 24/7 which can service thousands of customers simultaneously, offering support in 29 languages. MySQL Support has direct access to MySQL Engineering to prioritize bug fixes and roadmap. MariaDB's very small support team cannot cover the breadth of issues that arise, as well as having a lack of core competence over various third-party products that are included in their database.


Why migrate with DSP?

We are a trusted Oracle Partner with expertise in MySQL 8, certifying that you are in safe and specialist hands. Our expert end-to-end Oracle Cloud capabilities at DSP mean we can seamlessly migrate your MariaDB database to MySQL HeatWave, saving you time and effort. As well as executing a flawless migration to MySQL HeatWave, your company can also benefit from round-the-clock support and consultancy to maintain and manage your MySQL database, ensuring any issues are addressed promptly and proactively.


If you'd like to learn more about how we can lead your Migration from MariaDB to MySQL HeatWave please don't hesitate to get in touch or book a meeting...

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