MariaDB Welcomes Proven Cloud Database Leader Mark Porter as Board Advisor

Former Amazon AWS and Oracle database executive contributes expertise to advance MariaDB cloud offerings

NEW YORK – MariaDB OpenWorks 2019 – February 26, 2019 – MariaDB® Corporation today at its annual user conference, MariaDB OpenWorks, announced that Mark Porter, who most recently ran Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), has joined MariaDB as an advisor to the board of directors. Porter will contribute his deep expertise of cloud, distributed systems and database operations at scale to help MariaDB deliver and rapidly grow its database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering, SkySQL, and integrate new distributed technology into MariaDB Platform.  

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“Mark’s guidance will be a tremendous asset in building a next-generation MariaDB cloud,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation. “Mark has a proven record of operating and scaling database services while driving rapid growth. SkySQL is designed from the ground up to offer the best MariaDB service for multi cloud, including private cloud environments. It offers enterprise product capabilities beyond the MariaDB community server, that is used widely in public clouds, to ensure quality of service, security and features otherwise only found in proprietary legacy databases.”

Porter, who is now CTO of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments company, previously took Amazon RDS from a small managed database system to being the backend database for a large part of the internet. Prior to that, he served as a vice president at Oracle Corporation.

“MariaDB’s DBaaS solutions give businesses many advantages,” said Porter. “By focusing on  customer needs and using their deep database expertise, they have built optimizations, flexibility and enterprise capabilities that no one else can deliver. With MariaDB’s growing popularity as an option to escape Oracle, the opportunity is extremely strong to capture large market share and delight customers. I’m both humbled and thrilled to be part of the MariaDB team as relational databases continue to run the most important companies on the internet.”

The addition of Porter as a MariaDB board advisor is one of a number of announcements made this week at MariaDB OpenWorks, the company’s sold-out annual user and developer conference in New York. OpenWorks 2019 is the largest MariaDB gathering to date and features speakers from Facebook, Samsung, Walgreens, ServiceNow, Tencent, Quotient, Alibaba, Gaming Innovation Group and more, in over 60 inspirational and instructional sessions.

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MariaDB frees companies from the costs, 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 all 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 Deutsche Bank, DBS Bank, Nasdaq, Red Hat, The Home Depot, ServiceNow and Verizon – MariaDB meets the same core requirements as proprietary databases at a fraction of the cost. No wonder it’s the fastest growing open source database. Real business relies on MariaDB™.