MariaDB is a popular open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that is designed to be a drop-in replacement for the MySQL database system. It was developed as a community-driven fork of MySQL after concerns arose about the acquisition of MySQL by Oracle Corporation.

MariaDB is known for its speed, scalability, and robustness. It offers features such as dynamic column support, JSON support, and parallel replication, which make it a popular choice for modern web applications and other high-performance use cases.

One of the key benefits of MariaDB is that it is fully open source and free to use, meaning that users can download, modify, and redistribute the software without any licensing fees. MariaDB is also compatible with many existing MySQL applications and libraries, making it a seamless transition for many users.

MariaDB has become a popular choice for many organizations, including Google, Red Hat, and Wikipedia, as well as numerous small and medium-sized businesses. Its popularity is due in part to its compatibility with MySQL, as well as its performance, scalability, and robustness.

Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.

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