IBM to make DataStax Enterprise, EDB, and MongoDB Enterprise Server generally available.

With open source technology pervasive across the IT industry coupled with the ever-increasing need to optimize your application workloads with fit-for-purpose database technologies, it has been part of IBM’s longstanding cloud database strategy to provide our clients with a variety of the most popular open source databases.

Over the past decade, not only has IBM participated in and promoted the open source database market evolution (and this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of IBM first proposing the SQL Relational Model), we’ve also recognized how many of the vendors behind these technologies have come to formulate and evolve their business models in light of these trends in the database market. 

IBM Cloud Databases’ two-front strategy

At the center of this dynamic between the open source communities and the vendors backing those communities are our clients, and our drive to provide our clients with the best database technologies they want to use. It is with our clients as a priority that we are continually balancing our contributions to the open source communities with our support to the vendors backing these projects to formulate our two-front strategy.

On one front, IBMers are actively participating across thousands of open source repositories across many technologies. Aptly, we have also just announced the next generation of our Cloudant DBaaS based on Apache CouchDB: Cloudant on Transaction Engine

On the other front, we are very excited to announce three new collaborations that enable IBM to enrich the database capabilities available on our cloud with the latest innovations, enterprise capabilities, and authentic technology from the vendors themselves. 

New partners

Over the next few months, we will be making the following generally available: 

  • DataStax Enterprise: Built on Apache Cassandra, extends operational reliability and improves performance for workloads. Provides foundation for further capabilities around graph and search. Power the right now with Databases for DataStax Enterprise.
  • EDB: Enhanced PostgreSQL with additional enterprise management tooling and security, support for compatibility with Oracle, multi-master replication, and schema migration and compatibility analysis. Modernize your application with IBM Cloud Databases for EnterpriseDB (EDB).
  • MongoDB Enterprise Server: Robust operational tooling, automatic field-level encryption, comprehensive auditing and advanced analytics. 

While ISV collaborations are plentiful across the various cloud providers these days, we’ve focused on a more deeply integrated experience in how these databases will be made available on the IBM public cloud, specifically in the following ways:

  • Natively run on the IBM public cloud, and managed only by IBMers
  • Backline expertise provided by the vendor, without providing access to customer databases or otherwise compromising data confidentiality
  • Provisioned directly from our catalog with availability across all six Multi-Zone Regions plus numerous Single-Zone Regions
  • Default high availability across Multi-Zone Regions, backed by IBM Cloud’s 99.99% SLA
  • Automatic backups to Cross Regional Object Storage with on-demand restore
  • Default integration into Key Protect, Log Analysis with LogDNA, Activity Tracker with LogDNA, and Cloud Monitoring with Sysdig
  • Seamless scale, independent allocation of compute and storage, and optional auto-scaling configurations
  • On IBM paper and supported through the IBM portal

Please check back in the coming weeks for availability of these offerings.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we built and run these offerings, alongside many of our other Database-as-a-Service offerings, I invite you to check out “Building Cloud-Scale DBaaS with Kubernetes Operators.”


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