MariaDB server is a popular open source multithreaded relational database. It is made by the original developers of MySQL and is guaranteed to stay open source.
MariaDB turns data into structured information in a wide array of applications, ranging from banking to websites. Originally designed as an enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL, MariaDB is used because it is fast, scalable, and robust, with a rich ecosystem of storage engines, plugins, and many other tools that make it versatile for a wide variety of use cases.
MariaDB is remarkably scalable and can handle tens of thousands of tables and billions of rows of data. It can also manage small amounts of data quickly and smoothly, making it convenient for small businesses or personal projects.
For more information, see About MariaDB Server and About MariaDB Software.