Keynote Highlights from MariaDB’s M|18 User Conference


M|18, the second annual MariaDB user conference, is in full swing, with more than 330 companies represented. The action kicked off today with a trio of live-streamed keynotes with themes ranging from the power of change and community to truly massive scale and future-ready technology. Take a look at the highlights:

Dare to Be Different

Michael Howard | MariaDB

MariaDB’s CEO opened the show with the idea of global community as an agent of change – creating momentum, helping solve hard problems and making the future better.


Howard touched on MariaDB’s aim to make it easier for global enterprises to change and migrate, and announced the release candidate of MariaDB 10.3, which offers Oracle compatibility and more to ensure portability in terms of skill sets, not just code.

Howard recognized that community is a vital part of continual innovation, and the role that MariaDB partners such as Google, Facebook, Intel, ServiceNow and the Development Bank of Singapore are playing in MariaDB’s growth. He highlighted MariaDB’s focus for the future, including:

  • MariaDB cloud and DBaaS offering. The first product to support this endeavor is MariaDB Manager—a visual interface allowing management and deployment of MariaDB.
  • MariaDB Labs, a new research division that brings together three key concepts:
    • Machine learning to intelligently determine your needs for storage, compute power and more.
    • Distributed computing with seamless write scalability.
    • Use of new chips, persistent storage, and in-memory processing, thanks to work with Intel. Howard envisions this recharging the conversation with regard to price point on public and private clouds.

Massive Scale with MariaDB

Tim Yim | ServiceNow

85,000 databases around the world. Inside those, 176 million InnoDB tables, accessed at rate of 25 billion queries per hour. That’s the scale of ServiceNow’s business with MariaDB.

Is this infrastructure multi-tenant or single-tenant? Neither! ServiceNow works with a new deployment model, “multi-instance deployment,” where each customer gets its own database and its own front-end app tier; there’s no commingling of data at all. This allows for “surgical failover” and scaling – one customer at a time.

Every customer instance is running on bare metal, with hardware shared across the app tier and the database tier, but processes are “containerized.” Every piece of gear is also duplicated across the country, as is every customer app node and database. And each one of those is backed up nightly. That’s a lot going on! How did they achieve this?


All of the server instances to power this system are on MariaDB, and ServiceNow aims for five 9s availability – with hospitals, factories and power stations among ServiceNow’s clients, high availability is critical. But it’s more than that; the stability they get from MariaDB TX is also vital.

Corporate Banking and Future-Ready Technology

Ng Peng Khim and Joan Tay | DBS (Development Bank of Singapore)

Khim and Tay covered the impressive results of DBS’s journey in “forklifting out” Oracle Enterprise, and replacing their institutional, transaction environments with MariaDB.


By moving to MariaDB, DBS has realized a net savings of $4.1 million from replatforming by removing the need for DB2 and Oracle Enterprise. Here’s a rundown of the impressive achievements in just two years:

  • 700+ MariaDB instances put in place
  • 54% of critical applications running on MariaDB – $70-80 billion in transactions daily
  • 100% increase in automated app releases
  • 10x increase in testing capabilities
  • 7x performance improvement from moving PL/SQL capability from Oracle to MariaDB

In addition, MaxScale, MariaDB’s advanced database proxy, allows DBS to do quick schema changes to handle master/slave data replication, then do live verification—reducing downtime significantly.

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