In the latest announcement, Microsoft has revealed that it will be teaming up with MariaDB Foundation. This makes Microsoft as part of the platinum sponsor where it joins with Booking.com, Alibaba Cloud, and Tencent Cloud. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, the MariaDB Foundation welcomes Microsoft as a Platinum member,” said Monty Widenius, Founder of MariaDB in an announcement.
The MariaDB Foundation is a nonprofit organization behind the original developers of MySQL. For all the users, MariaDB is essentially going to be a drop-in replacement for MySQL that is currently the corporate home of the open-source database.
“I founded MariaDB to give back to the open source community and ensure a strong and open future for MySQL. I’ve seen firsthand how Microsoft has been changing its business in an open way, and how Microsoft Azure is open and flexible. Microsoft is a leading contributor on GitHub and we look forward to engineers from Microsoft and its developer ecosystem supporting MariaDB,” Widenius added.
Additionally, Microsoft will also be releasing a preview of the Azure Database for the Maria DB service. MariaDB will join the Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL as part of the Azure stable of managed database service. This certainly makes it clear that Microsoft is embracing open source.