PlanetScale Announces New Release of PlanetScaleDB
April 01, 2020

PlanetScale released the newest version of PlanetScaleDB, a multi-cloud database.

Using PlanetScaleDB, companies can deploy, run and manage databases that span multiple cloud providers simultaneously.

PlanetScaleDB (formerly called PlanetScale CNDb) protects enterprises from loss of crucial service if their primary cloud provider goes down by enabling them to continue to serve data on their secondary cloud provider. Additionally, this organically prevents vendor lock-in by making it easy for a company to move from one cloud provider to another. This powerful new feature gives enterprises full control over their data and the power to negotiate the best contract terms with their cloud providers.

Adoption of public cloud services has become mainstream as enterprises seek to take advantage of the agility, scalability and flexibility the cloud offers. By 2022, Gartner predicts that 75 percent of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform. However, moving to the cloud brings inherent risks; Lloyd’s of London calculated that a major outage of a top cloud provider in the United States would result in $15 billion in industry losses. Enterprise CIOs and chief risk officers are demanding multi-cloud databases that offer failover and disaster recovery capabilities so that their business is not impacted by an outage.

"This new PlanetScaleDB release enables businesses to liberate their data with a cross cloud database, making it effortless to switch from one cloud to another and overcome the challenges and costs associated with cloud vendor lock-in," said Jiten Vaidya, CEO and co-founder of PlanetScale. "The only database built on Kubernetes and Vitess, PlanetScaleDB offers limitless scale designed for modern applications and enables disaster recovery for maximum uptime and full business continuity."

PlanetScaleDB is a fully managed cloud native database service that enables a multi-vendor, Kubernetes- powered future in the cloud. PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers millions of applications and Vitess, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive scale production traffic at companies like YouTube, Slack and Square.

New features include:

- Azure support: PlanetScaleDB now supports Microsoft Azure, in addition to Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.

- Multi-region support: For each of the three cloud providers (AWS, GCP and Azure) PlanetScaleDB now supports 4 regions (US East, US West, Europe and Asia). PlanetScaleDB allows replicas for one database to run across multiple regions within a cloud provider, reducing the operational overhead of deploying and managing disaster-resilient database clusters. Of note is the ability to migrate between regions effortlessly, allowing customers to move back to their most optimal operational configuration once the disaster scenario is over. ‍

- True multi-cloud support: PlanetScaleDB is now the only database-as-a-service that enables replicas for one database to run in multiple clouds. Customers set one master database that they write to, and if the master experiences an outage, a replica in a different cloud can be quickly turned into the new master. This provides unprecedented failover and disaster recovery, and prevents vendor lock-in.

‍PlanetScaleDB is generally available in AWS and GCP. The multi-region and true multi-cloud clusters, and support for Azure, are in beta at this time.

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