Intel among backers of MariaDB as new CEO and new funding arrives

Finnish firm attracts $9m investment and unveils Michael Howard as new chief

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Finland-headquartered open source vendor MariaDB Corporation has attracted $9m (€8.3m) in venture capital and brought in a new senior leadership team.

The company, which specialises in "relational database solutions", has bagged the investment from, among others, Intel Capital and California Technology Ventures. Concurrently, the firm has appointed Michael Howard as CEO and Monty Wildenius as CTO.

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Howard's most recent posting was as CEO of predictive analytics outfit C9, and he has previously held C-level positions at Greenplum, Ingrian Networks, and Outerbay.

"The breadth of MariaDB's customer base and user community is strong validation that open, enterprise-grade products are the future of the database market," he said. "I am excited at the opportunity to work with the MariaDB team and our partners to create database products that lead the market in innovation and value."

In addition to its HQ in Espoo, Finland's second-largest city, located to the north-east of capital Helsinki, MariaDB runs a US office close to Silicon Valley, and also employs a manager to oversee its Asia-Pacific operations. It claims to have upwards of nine million users in more than 45 countries.

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