MariaDB chants BI for the people, looney left or Arab Spring for data?

Open source database company MariaDB Corporation is on a politically charged mission to bring data analytics to the people, or so it says.

Bourgeois analyst cognoscenti

The firm has grandiosely asserted that Business Intelligence (BI) and data analytics used to be the sole preserve of bourgeois, well-funded business analysts who lavished their IT budget spends on buy Oracle orTeradata, for example.

MariaDB says it wants to put an end to plutocracy with its open alternative – that it, ah hem, still charges commercial license fees for, albeit at what are probably always lower levels than its more competitively corporate competitors.

MariaDB ColumnStore 1.0 was actually made available at the end of 2016 and exists as an open source columnar storage engine.

Open source OLAP

Through the General Availability of its product ColumnStore, MariaDB will open source OLAP and make it more accessible for businesses who are put off by high costs, says the firm.

ColumnStore will be made available on AWS AMI, Canonical Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS.

Two imperfect options

According to MariaDB, “Enterprises continue to be confronted with two imperfect options for big data analytics: build a costly, proprietary data warehouse on premise with vendors like Teradata and Vertica, or get locked into potentially uncontrollable costs with cloud-based solutions like Redshift.”

MariaDB’s ‘veep’ of engineering David Thompson backs up all these assertions by further claiming that his firm’s technology costs on average 90% less per TB per year than the leading data warehouses.