1. What is the SkySQL™ Reference Architecture designed to do ?
The SkySQL Reference Architecture is the most comprehensive framework of data infrastructure technology available for the MySQL® or MariaDB® databases.
- It provides a logical organization for IT systems around the MySQL database
- It incorporates best-in-class open-source and proprietary software components based on industry best practices and insights gained from collaboration with the most critical providers of MySQL database tools.
- It reduces the complexity of deploying and managing IT systems around the MySQL database by simplifying installation, configuration, and integration.
- Each component of the architecture has been selected and tested by SkySQL for its scalability, availability, and cloud-readiness.
- What are the components of the reference architecture?
Currently the RA incorporates the following components but these will be extended over time :
- The MySQL database server
- OS infrastructure
- Monitoring and administration tools
- Integration tools
- Migration tools
2. Who are the providers of the software components in the reference architecture?
To deliver the reference architecture, SkySQL has partnered with the most respected providers of data infrastructure technology for the MySQL database. Initial partners include Calpont, Canonical, Data Differential, Linbit, Monty Program Ab, ScaleDB, Schooner Technology, Webyog and Zimory.
As users’ needs evolve, SkySQL will continue to identify and validate new solutions, and additional partners will be added to the reference architecture.
3. Are the software configurations open or closed source?
Currently all of the components are available under the General Public License (GPL).
Future releases of the RA will include some closed-source components that will necessitate different licenses. However, these licence changes will only apply to versions containing the requested closed-source components.
SkySQL will also continue to offer and support GPL licensed versions of the RA containing only open source components.
4. When will the reference architecture be available?
Customers interested in evaluating the components of the architecture with SkySQL help and partners interested in having SkySQL incorporate their offerings into the SkySQL Reference Architecture should contact us on email@example.com.
5. How do I create a custom configuration based on the reference architecture?
A key feature of the SkySQL Reference Architecture is the SkySQL™ Provisioning – a simple, Web-based GUI that enables users to select and tune components of the architecture and to create customized configurations based on their specific project needs.
To create a custom configuration, users simply need to answer a series of simple questions based on their data center environment, application use, etc. Component options are proposed based on the responses to the questions asked.
When the process is completed an email with a link to a downloadable configuration is sent to the address provided by the user.
6. Do I have to be a customer to use SkySQL Provisioning?
7. What are the currently available configurations?
The current version of the SkySQL Reference Architecture currently includes four configurations:
- MySQL or MariaDB database server
- MySQL or MariaDB database server with replication
- MySQL or MariaDB database server with high availability
- MySQL or MariaDB database server with high availability and replication
8. How much will these configurations cost?
Where the configurations include only open source software – Nothing !
Where the configurations include proprietary software, a licence fee may apply, depending on the software integrated. This is based on user choice and evaluation versions will be made available.
In both cases, SkySQL offers support on all versions of MySQL including the RA configurations.
SLAs, pricing and more details are given here :
SkySQL also offers support on the integrated open source and proprietary products via established relationships with the manufacturers. These relationships are handled between SkySQL and the software manufacturer and are transparent to the customer or end user.