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YugabyteDB Open Source Community Update – November 2020

YugabyteDB Open Source Community Update – November 2020

We just released YugabyteDB 2.5, and open source software like this doesn’t happen without an awesome open source community backing it. As the year draws to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to call out some YugabyteDB community highlights from 2020.

Our commitment to open source

First, it is worth restating that YugabyteDB doesn’t pay lip service to open source like other database projects.

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What’s New in YugabyteDB 2.5 – Enterprise-Grade Security Features

What’s New in YugabyteDB 2.5 – Enterprise-Grade Security Features

The YugabyteDB 2.5 release adds many critical enterprise-grade security features. This blog post outlines these newly added features.

Authentication

Adding scram-sha-256 authentication

The first notable addition is the addition of a much improved, password-based authentication mechanism called Salted Challenge Response Authentication Mechanism (or simply SCRAM) as described in RFC5802. This scram-sha-256 authentication mechanism, identical to the most secure PostgreSQL authentication schema,

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Geo-Partitioning of Data in YugabyteDB

Geo-Partitioning of Data in YugabyteDB

Achieve high performance and regulatory compliance for global apps

We are excited to announce the availability of row-level geo-partitioning in YugabyteDB, a feature heavily requested by our user community and enterprise customers alike. This feature allows fine-grained control over pinning data in a user table (at a per-row level) to geographic locations, thereby allowing the data residency to be managed at the database level.

Making the nodes of a multi-region database cluster aware of the location characteristics of the data they store allows conforming to regulatory compliance requirements such as GDPR by keeping the appropriate subset of data local to different regions,

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Announcing YugabyteDB 2.5

Announcing YugabyteDB 2.5

Support for Geo-Partitioning and Enterprise-Grade Security Features

Our mission at Yugabyte is to build the default distributed SQL database for cloud native applications in a multi cloud world. To further that mission, this release brings major enhancements to multi-region deployments, performance, and security features offered by the database – while simultaneously improving on high availability, horizontal scalability, and ease of managing the database.

  • Enhanced multi-region capabilities with geo-partitioning and follower reads: The YugabyteDB 2.5 release adds row-level geo-partitioning capabilities as well as follower reads to the extensive set of multi-region features that YugabyteDB already had.

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Introducing Yugabyte Platform on Azure – Beta Release Announcement

Introducing Yugabyte Platform on Azure – Beta Release Announcement

We have been hard at work expanding our ecosystem to be available across major cloud infrastructure providers so we can power applications in any cloud or across clouds. In addition to deploying the Yugabyte Platform, our commercial database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering, natively in AWS and GCP, we’re excited to announce the beta release of the Yugabyte Platform on Microsoft Azure. While it’s true Yugabyte Platform can already be deployed on Azure as an on premise cloud provider,

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Distributed SQL Summit Recap: Envoy and Service Meshes for Databases

Distributed SQL Summit Recap: Envoy and Service Meshes for Databases

At the Distributed SQL Summit 2020, Christoph Pakulski, software engineer at Tetrate, and Prasad Radhakrishnan, VP of data engineering at Yugabyte presented the talk “Envoy and Service Meshes for Databases: What the Future Holds”. In the talk, they explored the topics of Envoy, service meshes–specifically Istio, and how they intersect with the database world. Christoph explained the Envoy PostgreSQL network filter extension released earlier in the year,

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YugabyteDB Community Fundamentals Training and Certification Recap

YugabyteDB Community Fundamentals Training and Certification Recap

We recently held our first ever free “YugabyteDB Fundamentals” community training and certification class. A special thanks to Karen Tamrazyan and all 6000+ the members of the Cloud Study Network for hosting us! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what you missed…

Course Content

Over the span of 90 minutes we covered the following topics in depth:

  • Distributed SQL terms,

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Yugabyte Named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Management

Yugabyte Named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in Data Management

We are incredibly proud to have recently been recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Data Management! [1]

The report recommends, “as a data and analytics leader focused on delivering cost-effective innovation, you should evaluate emerging technologies, focusing on those that provide new capabilities in familiar data management paradigms, without requiring sizable investments in new skills.“

We couldn’t agree more. This is why we built YugabyteDB with two APIs that implement the same wire protocol,

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Presentation Recap: Modernizing Application Development with GraphQL and Distributed SQL

Presentation Recap: Modernizing Application Development with GraphQL and Distributed SQL

At the Distributed Summit 2020 , Allison Kunz, Solutions Engineer at Hasura, presented the talk “Modernizing Application Development with Planet-scale GraphQL and Distributed SQL”. In the talk she covered what is GraphQL, why GraphQL, why Hasura GraphQL Engine, and a checklist of what it takes to have enterprise-grade GraphQL APIs in production, focusing on performance, security, and reliability. She also showed a demo of Hasura Cloud in action.

What is GraphQL,

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Distributed SQL Summit Recap: Pinterest’s Exploration of Distributed SQL

Distributed SQL Summit Recap: Pinterest’s Exploration of Distributed SQL

At the Distributed SQL Summit 2020, Lianghong Xu – Engineering Manager & Tech Lead, Pinterest – presented the talk “Pinterest’s Exploration of Distributed SQL”. In the talk he covered the evolution of storage at Pinterest, the role that the HBase ecosystem plays within the company, current challenges and opportunities for innovation, and finally, their exploration of Distributed SQL as a viable solution to some of these challenges.

The Storage Evolution at Pinterest

In 2012,

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