MariaDB is a database server that offers drop-in replacement functionality for MySQL1. MariaDB is built by some of the original authors of MySQL, with assistance from the broader community of free and open source software developers. In addition to the core functionality of MySQL, MariaDB offers a rich set of feature enhancements including alternate storage engines, server optimizations, and patches. MariaDB is primarily driven by developers at Monty Program, a company founded by Michael "Monty" Widenius, the original author of MySQL, but this is not the whole story about MariaDB. On the "About MariaDB" page you will find more information about all participants in the MariaDB community, including storage engines XtraDB and PBXT. The Open Database Alliance ensures you will find products, support and services for MariaDB that are the very best the software industry has to offer. Thank you for your interest in MariaDB. We look forward to providing you with a product and project that suits your needs, be it in a hobby blog deployment or an enterprise-grade data center.