(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) WiredTree (www.wiredtree.com), an experienced provider of managed virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated servers, and hybrid servers, announced today the availability of MariaDB on all hosting plans at no additional cost to customers. MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL that uses alternative engines to improve performance and is now available from WiredTree, along with expert MariaDB support.
“MariaDB is a fast and easy-to-implement MySQL alternative we believe can help customers maximize website performance,” says Zac Cogswell, President of WiredTree. “From content management to message boards like Joomla or vBulletin, our dedicated server hosting customers need robust database storage that can keep up with demand. MariaDB offers the same functionality as MySQL, but with optimized storage engines to make queries faster than ever before.”
MySQL is a relational database management system that allows customers to store large quantities of data. Stored data can then be accessed dynamically, interacting with web applications to create rich, engaging, and interactive experiences. Prior to the release of MySQL version 5.5, a storage engine called “MyISAM” supported database processes and kept data organized. MyISAM has since been replaced by InnoDB. However, since MySQL is an open source system, third-party developers have created their own modified MySQL versions, offering performance improvements. In MariaDB, the default MyISAM engine is 50% faster than MySQL’s included version, while InnoDB is completely replaced by XtraDB, giving customers a threefold speed increase overall. The performance benefits of MariaDB can be observed in specific query types and applications.
“Take vBulletin as an example,” says Cogswell. “Open sessions are kept in heap tables, which do not have clustered indexes. As a result, processing is slow. Heap tables are a common place for database performance to suffer, but MariaDB can speed them up significantly. An INSERT statement runs up to 24% faster, while indexes can be 60% faster. Our customers who use vBulletin, Joomla, or any application that uses heap tables will notice a dramatic speed increase. As a result, MariaDB can maintain its speed, even with many concurrent connections.”
Conventional MySQL is flexible and reliable, but does not handle concurrent connections efficiently. As traffic increases and more concurrent connections occur, the entire database can slow to a crawl as queries wait in line. The MariaDB development team has focused on improving the way MySQL works with concurrent connections, and this creates a performance improvement across the entire database. In addition, faster queries result in lower concurrent resource usage, helping customers maximize performance on their entire dedicated server hosting plan, not just databases. WiredTree has now made MariaDB available to every customer, and combines this innovative and powerful database manager with world-class support to help customers maximize their MariaDB performance.
“Managed dedicated servers have the potential to deliver incredible performance, but server speed is determined by more than just great hardware,” says Cogswell. “Choosing MariaDB as a drop-in replacement for MySQL 5.1 or 5.5 is an effective way to maximize performance, and we have made the process quick and easy. Customers can work with MariaDB from within their cPanel hosting control panel, and our professional support team is fully trained and ready to help customers start using MariaDB today.”
As a pioneering, forward-thinking presence in the web hosting industry, WiredTree gives customers the latest technology to improve performance. Distinctively, WiredTree invests additional resources in training and support, making it the only dedicated server hosting provider to offer MariaDB, along with the support customers need to use it.
Customers interested in learning more about MariaDB and WiredTree managed dedicated server hosting are encouraged to visit www.wiredtree.com.
Formed in June 2006 to set a new standard for managed hosting, WiredTree provides a superior managed hosting environment through customer service, innovative network design, a unique suite of services, and the latest technological advances in server hardware. WiredTree’s network leverages two logically separated networks – a public Internet network and a private internal network. This modern “network-within-a-network” design allows WiredTree to securely provide a wide range of value-added services for businesses of all sizes.
For more information about WiredTree, visit http://www.wiredtree.com.
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