The OpenStack open source cloud platform has grown in popularity in recent years as a pathway to enable multiple types of applications and services in the cloud. One such application class is databases, which are enabled by way of the Trove database-as-a-service project that first became part of OpenStack in April of 2014 with the Icehouse release.
One of the leading commercial sponsors behind Trove is Tesora, which offers both a community as well as an enterprise edition for its Trove-based product. This week Tesora announced Tesora Enterprise Edition 1.3, providing new capabilities and features to users.
"Our enterprise edition is released more frequently than our community edition to provide earlier access to our customers," Ken Rugg, CEO, Tesora told Enterprise Apps Today. "Our community edition is released in lockstep with the major OpenStack releases."
Currently OpenStack is in between releases, with the Juno release debuting in October 2014 and the Kilo release set to debut on April 30.
"The 1.3 version is a mid-cycle release so therefore enterprise edition only," Rugg said. "We also keep version numbers consistent with our two editions to reduce confusion. As a result, the next community edition release (version 1.4) will follow the upcoming Kilo release in April."
In terms of features, Tesora Enterprise Edition 1.3 now provides support for running Oracle databases in an OpenStack cloud. Rugg noted that Tessera previously announced Oracle 12c support back in February at the launch of Tesora's beta program.
"The release takes advantage of the multi-tenant capabilities of Oracle 12c," Rugg said. "We’re currently supporting the provisioning and management of Oracle pluggable databases within an existing container database."
In addition to adding Oracle, the open-source MariaDB and PostgreSQL databases are now also being supported in Tesora Enterprise Edition 1.3. For the open-source MySQL database, Tesora is now supporting database failover capabilities.
"Some features are enterprise only and will never land in the community edition," Rugg said. "For example, Oracle support is only available in our enterprise edition; on the other hand, MySQL failover support will be available in v1.4 of our community edition."
For the open source features, Rugg commented that most of the capabilities are already available in the upstream Trove code. However, Tesora's release cycle includes more rigorous testing and bug fixing. In contrast, the OpenStack code only reaches a stable point at the six-month release point.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Apps Today and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.