MariaDB Foundation today announced that Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has become its platinum sponsor. The sponsorship will help the Foundation in its goals to ensure continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem, and to drive adoption, serving an ever growing community of users and developers.
“Alibaba Cloud is committed to contributing to the open source community and empowering developers around the world. Today, more than one hundred thousand MySQL instances are running on our relational database services (ApsaraDB for RDS). We look forward to working closely with all the participants in the MariaDB ecosystem.” said Hong Tang, chief architect at Alibaba Cloud.
Alibaba Cloud has already sponsored a developer for the Maria DB Foundation, Lixun Peng, who specializes in replication and will focus on enhancing the replication features in the MariaDB database server, and support the merging of AliSQL (Alibaba’s open source MySQL branch) patches into MariaDB.
Monty Widenius, founder of MySQL and MariaDB, stated “I am extremely proud and happy to have Alibaba join the MariaDB Foundation. Alibaba has greatly impressed me with their openness regarding AliSQL and their cooperation around MariaDB development. I am looking forward to continue to work with Alibaba in the MariaDB Foundation and outside to take MariaDB to the next level.”
Alibaba Cloud is the Foundation’s second platinum sponsor after Booking.com.