Toshiba Releases High Scale Database "GridDB" as Open Source

-To collaborate with big data technologies and create new value-

February 25, 2016

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the immediate availability of GridDB a high scale database, as open source software. The release will allow Toshiba to promote collaboration with big data technologies and create new value.

Open source access is driving innovation in emerging technologies such as Big Data and the Internet of Things. The release of software as open source stimulates value creation, as it can be tweaked and improved by the open source community, and used in collaboration with other software.

In developing its GridDB high scale database, Toshiba opted for the open source model for GridDB in order to encourage collaboration with other open source software, such as Apache Hadoop. Toshiba has also launched a commercial version of GridDB for users who want support from Toshiba.

Key Features of GridDB

GridDB is designed to meet the needs for infrastructure IoT systems to process enormous volumes of data at high speed and reliably. It is used in such areas as energy management systems.

(1) High Performance

GridDB belongs to In-Memory Database. Using memory, GridDB accesses enormous volume of data at high velocity.GridDB takes data stored in a hard-disk and, using an in-memory architecture deployed in the main memory of a server is able to access petabyte levels of data at high speed.

(2) Scalability

GridDB has a scale-out architecture that allows the number of servers to be built out to handle larger volumes of data. In the commercial version of GridDB, without stopping the system, user can vary the capacity by adding or removing hardware.

(3) High Availability

GridDB replicates data automatically in a clustered system, eliminating the risk of a single point of failure.

(4) Time Series Data Supported

GridDB supports time series data, for easy to analysis of IoT data.

More details of GridDB and access to the GridDB OSS community are here (Japanese only)

Figure: Uses of GridDB

Figure: Uses of GridDB