What is Azure Database for MariaDB?

Azure Database for MariaDB is a relational database service in the Microsoft cloud. Azure Database for MariaDB is based on the MariaDB community edition (available under the GPLv2 license) database engine, version 10.2 and 10.3.

Azure Database for MariaDB delivers:

  • Built-in high availability with no additional cost.
  • Predictable performance, using inclusive pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • Scaling as needed within seconds.
  • Secured protection of sensitive data at rest and in motion.
  • Automatic backups and point-in-time-restore for up to 35 days.
  • Enterprise-grade security and compliance.

These capabilities require almost no administration. They're provided at no additional cost. Azure Database for MariaDB can help you rapidly develop your app and accelerate your time to market. You don't have to allocate precious time and resources to managing virtual machines and infrastructure. You can also continue to develop your application by using the open-source tools and platform of your choice. Deliver with the speed and efficiency your business demands, all without learning new skills.

To learn about core concepts and features in Azure Database for MariaDB, including performance, scalability, and manageability, see these quickstarts:

Adjust performance and scale within seconds

The Azure Database for MariaDB service offers several service tiers: Basic, General Purpose, and Memory Optimized. Each tier offers different performance and capabilities to support lightweight to heavyweight database workloads. You can build your first app on a small database for a few dollars a month, and then adjust the scale to meet the needs of your solution. Dynamic scalability helps your database transparently respond to rapidly changing resource requirements. You pay only for the resources you need, and only when you need them. SeeĀ Pricing tiers for details.

Monitoring and alerting

How do you decide when to scale up or down? You can use the built-in performance monitoring and alerting features of Azure Database for MariaDB, combined with the performance ratings based on vCores. By using these tools, you can quickly assess the effect of scaling vCores up or down based on your current or projected performance needs. See Alerts for details.

Keep your app and business running

Azure's industry-leading 99.99% availability SLA is powered by a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. The network helps keep your app running 24/7. You benefit from the built-in security, fault tolerance, and data protection in Azure Database for MariaDB. With Azure Database for MariaDB, you can use point-in-time restore to recover a server to an earlier state, as far back as 35 days.

Secure your data

Azure database services have a tradition of data security that Azure Database for MariaDB upholds. Azure Database for MariaDB offers features that limit access, protect data at rest and in motion, and help you monitor activity. Visit the Azure Trust Center for information about Azure's platform security.

The Azure Database for MariaDB service uses the FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module for storage encryption of data at-rest. Data, including backups, are encrypted on disk with the exception of temporary files created while running queries. The service uses AES 256-bit cipher, which is included in Azure Storage encryption. The keys are system managed. Storage encryption is always on and can't be disabled.

By default, the Azure Database for MariaDB service is configured to require SSL connection security for data in motion across the network. Enforcing SSL connections between your database server and your client applications helps protect against "man in the middle" attacks by encrypting the data stream between the server and your application. Optionally, you can disable the SSL requirement for connecting to your database service if your client application doesn't support SSL connectivity.

Contacts

You can send any questions or suggestions you have about working with Azure Database for MariaDB to the Azure Database for MariaDB Team (not a technical support alias).

You can also use the following points of contact:

Next steps

Now that you've read an introduction to Azure Database for MariaDB, you're ready to: