MariaDB buys the spatial data specialist CubeWerx • The Register

Database vendor MariaDB has spent an undisclosed sum on CubeWerx, a geospatial data specialist, in hopes of making these features easier to build into data-hungry applications.

The company behind the MariaDB database — a fork of MySQL — hopes to add geospatial capabilities to its fully managed cloud service, MariaDB SkySQL, in the not-too-distant future.

Glenn Stowe, CubeWerx’s MariaDB product manager for moving geospatial data, said developers who wanted to use geospatial data in their application needed to take a “DIY approach.”

“It’s common to integrate things like PostGISSo you would have your database tier and your application server tier and a whole bunch of other stuff that you often had to piece together using a lot of open source tools and a whole stack of things that don’t really add up. ” he said.

“It’s very difficult to do things like analytics and security because you have to start gluing layers between the database and the application servers,” he said.

However, the CubeWerx platform is built from the ground up on a REST and API approach, he said.

“It’s a complete platform that removes all the mysteries and complexities of managing geospatial data, which is one of the most difficult data types to manage. It kind of smoothes out all the creases, including the ability to read all of those native formats from traditional GIS systems, and puts it in a place where all developers see a set of endpoints that they can use right away,” he said.

The APIs were based on the standard from the Open Geospatial Consortium that CubeWerx has contributed to over the past 20 years or more, he said.

His contributions began in 1999 with the standard Web Mapping Service (WMS). contain the “Testbed 17 Data Access and Processing” adopted last year.

The CubeWerx solutions themselves are based on MariaDB, he said. “We’re a big Linux shop, so MariaDB is just the most modern database that integrates well with all the distributions we use,” Stowe said.

Jags Ramnarayan, Veep and general manager for SkySQL at MariaDB Corporation, said the plan is to offer CubeWerx as part of its SkySQL database-as-a-service offering, although the exact timeline is yet to be determined.

“You know how it goes with product integrations, so there’s no specific date, but our initial plan is to offer it as a SkySQL service. And from there we’re going to look at other things. For example, we’re exploring data-as-a-service and other ideas, including analytics,” he said.

In February, MariaDB Corporation, announced, it intended to become a public company with the help of Angel Pond Holdings Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) founded by Shihuang “Simon” Xie, a co-founder of the Alibaba Group, and Theodore Wang, a former partner at Goldman Sachs.

MariaDB is a fork of what MySQL was acquired from Sun Microsystems in 2008, which itself was acquired by Oracle in 2010. ® MariaDB buys the spatial data specialist CubeWerx • The Register

Laura Coffey

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