|CockroachDB Serverless Generally Available|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Thursday, 29 September 2022|
The CockroachDB team has announced a number of releases and improvements at the recent RoachFest conference including a serverless version of CockroachDB, and a new migration toolkit.
CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database that is cloud native and offers horizontal scalability with no single points of failure.
Serverless CockroachDB is the first release of note. It has been available as a beta since last year, but is now generally available with features including change data capture (CDC), backup and restore, a management API, and a 99.99% uptime SLA. Specifically, this is a cloud-based on-demand database with consumption-based elastic scaling and pricing access via a PostgreSQL interface and ORM (object relation mapper). ORMs provide an object based interface to underlying data for querying.
The CockroachDB team says the cloud-based nature eliminates most database operations like provisioning, management and maintenance. The database also handles operational tasks like scaling and configuring for high availability, and automatically runs backups every hour. It automatically handles spikes in demand without bottlenecks, and scales down to zero when there’s no demand.
There's integration with PostgreSQL tools, ORMs and drivers, and online schema update with no downtime. There's also a Cloud API, a REST interface that provides programmatic access.
The second announcement at RoachFest was a new migration toolset, CockroachDB MOLT (Migrate Off Legacy Technology). This is designed to make it easier to migrate from other databases to CockroachDB with capabilities including as automated schema conversion, schema creation, and data loading. The schema conversion lets you upload an existing schema and work through line-by-line edits that you can apply with a click.
CockroachDB MOLT is now in preview, and CockroachDB Serverless is available now.
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