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The New Stack Context: SQL Databases in a Cloud Native World

22 May 2020 5:00pm, by

Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Peter Zaitsev, CEO of the open source database software and services company Percona. This week, Percona held its own virtual 24-hour virtual conference, Percona Live Online, where open source, databases and cloud native computing were all discussed. So we grilled Zaitsev about how traditional SQL databases operate in a cloud native world, as well as about Percona’s newly announced performance and optimization package for MongoDB.

TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.

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With Kubernetes, the stage has been set for easily scalable cloud computing. But how to handle stateful applications, especially those involved storing user data in a database? For many NoSQL data stores such as Redis have played a valuable role. But not everyone can use the NoSQL approach. What do companies that require the use of a relational, SQL database, use? How can traditional open source databases operate in a cloud native world?

Zaitsev has seen Kubernetes, for instance, as being crucial for the emergence of the Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), though not everyone benefits from this model.

“If you look at database-as-a-service platforms, right, which are built by a lot of vendors, I know what many of them are built using Kubernetes. It’s Kubernetes underneath the pretty face, which allows people to have a point-and-click development for databases,” he said, though warning these services, though easy to use, are still proprietary. “We do not have a fully open source solution, which allows us to avoid the vendor lock-in which cloud-based database service solutions require, but offers simplicity which is comparable to the database-as-a-service.”

We also discussed the new Percona’s own Managed Database Service for MongoDB, and a new security threat tool for users to run daily checks, get alerts and remediate common database security issues

Then, later in the show, we chat about some of the other hot news posts and podcasts on The New Stack. A podcast interview with Red Hat’s Diane Mueller, and Google’s Paris Pittman delved into the greater participation, and challenges, that open source projects have experienced since their contributors have been grounded due to the global pandemic.

We also discuss Amazon Web Services’ developer-friendly alternative to Kubernetes YAML files, how last week’s RedisConf 2020 made the case that Redis is more than just a cache provider, and how the very idea of “AIOps” is categorically flawed, as an expert from Honycomb.io argued.

Red Hat and Redis are sponsors of The New Stack.

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