MariaDB Moves Into GeoSpatial Space
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

MariaDB has made two announcements relevant to geospatial data management. Firstly, the company has acquired geospatial specialists CubeWerx, and followed up this announcement with the news they're joining the Open Geospatial Consortium.

MariaDB began as a way to provide an alternative to MySQL when Oracle took that over, and MariaDB retains a strong open source strand as well as a commercial arm. MariaDB has a SQL interface for accessing data, alongside GIS and JSON features.


Buying CubeWerx will give MariaDB customers cloud-native, scalable geospatial capabilities that the company plans to offer through its fully managed cloud service MariaDB SkySQL.

Jags Ramnarayan, VP and general manager for SkySQL at MariaDB Corporation, said:

“While other databases such as PostgreSQL and Oracle have added geospatial capabilities directly into the database, we are taking a modern cloud-native approach of managing virtually infinite amounts of geospatial data on low-cost, durable cloud storage and providing OGC standards-based REST APIs to access the data. We believe this approach will allow MariaDB to leapfrog the database world for geospatial application development.”

The MariaDB team plans to provide modern, open standard APIs for CubeWerx. CubeWerx manages data in tiers, and uses MariaDB to manage frequently used vector data (e.g., a geolocation) and for intelligent caching while relying on unlimited cloud storage for raster data which tends to be voluminous (e.g., satellite imagery).

Following the announcement about the CubeWerx acquisition, MariaDB announced that it is joining the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). CubeWerx was already a member of the OGC, but MariaDB is raising the CubeWerx membership to technical committee member level. The company says that through the OGC, it will work with the geospatial community to advance open geospatial standards.


More Information

MariaDB Site

Open Geospatial Consortium

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