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May 11, 2022

MariaDB Puts $25K on the Table in Distributed SQL Throwdown

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. & HELSINKI, May 11, 2022 — MariaDB Corporation today announced a database challenge to any company evaluating distributed SQL offerings. Compare Xpand, MariaDB’s distributed SQL database, in a proof of concept with another distributed SQL solution. If Xpand does not demonstrate better throughput and lower latency, MariaDB will donate $25K to either a nonprofit or to offset the infrastructure costs associated with running the test. The challenge applies to either Xpand deployed on a customer’s hardware or cloud infrastructure, or Xpand deployed in the cloud on MariaDB SkySQL.

“We’re confident that MariaDB Xpand outperforms the early-stage distributed SQL offerings like CockroachDB and we’re ready to put it to the test,” said Robbie Mihalyi, senior vice president of engineering, MariaDB Corporation. “Recent Sysbench results against CockroachDB showed that Xpand reached 8x, and up to 10x, better throughput with lower latency, and with better price/performance. Whether in a private data center or in a public cloud, we believe Xpand is the leading distributed SQL solution on the market and we’re willing to put money on it.”

Distributed SQL is a new category of databases that address extreme scalability. For years, digital businesses have faced unprecedented scalability challenges and traditional relational databases have historically struggled to keep up. In the past, scalability with relational databases was only achieved with complex, expensive and incomplete workarounds, such as sharding or expensive hardware. Non-relational approaches traded scalability for strong data consistency. Distributed SQL databases bring all the characteristics businesses expect from a relational database, such as data integrity and high availability, while also enabling massive scalability.

Xpand scales to millions of transactions a second with ease using distributed SQL and a shared-nothing architecture. Xpand is a true multi-writer, where any node can be written to, and adds scale for reads and writes. It’s indestructible, offering best-in-class high availability. And Xpand provides all the benefits of a relational database – it is strongly consistent and maintains data integrity – while saving customers up to 90% of their legacy database cost.

A Sysbench read/write 90:10 test demonstrated that Xpand users can handle far more workload with fewer resources at a much lower cost compared to CockroachDB. Furthermore, looking at price/performance, an operation costs roughly 355.66% more on CockroachDB running on their database-as-a-service (DBaaS) compared to Xpand on MariaDB’s DBaaS, SkySQL. Read the full results here.

For additional details about MariaDB’s distributed SQL challenge, visit

About MariaDB Corporation

MariaDB frees companies from the costs, cloud lock-in, constraints and complexity of proprietary databases, enabling them to reinvest in what matters most – rapidly developing innovative, customer-facing applications. MariaDB uses pluggable, purpose-built storage engines to support workloads that previously required a variety of specialized databases. With complexity and constraints eliminated, enterprises can now depend on a single complete database for their needs, whether on commodity hardware or their cloud of choice. Deployed in minutes for transactional, analytical or hybrid use cases, MariaDB delivers unmatched operational agility without sacrificing key enterprise features, including real ACID compliance and full SQL. Trusted by organizations such as Bandwidth, DigiCert, InfoArmor, Oppenheimer, Samsung, SelectQuote, SpendHQ – MariaDB meets the same core requirements as proprietary databases at a fraction of the cost. No wonder it’s one of the fastest-growing database management systems companies. Real business relies on MariaDB.

Source: MariaDB