PlanetScale Intros DBaaS Platform
May 20, 2021
introduced a new database-as-a-service that lets developers create a new
database in seconds that will grow as they grow, for years, with no limitations
on scalability. Currently in use by Figma and MessageBird, PlanetScale has until
now provided a hosted version of Vitess, the peerlessly-powerful open source
database that underlies YouTube, Slack, Square and AirBNB. The new offering
moves well beyond these foundations with a developer-first database requiring no
knowledge or selection of all of the usual cloud zones, cluster sizes, and other
DB-centric minutiae that others require and that increase developer overhead.
“SaaS companies and major enterprises alike struggle with database management at
scale,” said James Governor, RedMonk cofounder. “Engineering teams end up
focusing on scaling challenges rather than application, feature and platform
improvements. Managed services have emerged as the preferred approach,
underpinning the relational renaissance, because databases are a hard problem.
The future database should scale seamlessly without intervention, with a crisp
modern developer experience. That’s the space PlanetScale is addressing.”
PlanetScale accelerates companies’ success by being both the best choice for
developers on day one, when they create their company, and the most scalable
choice when they hit hyperscale. Its backend technology, based on Vitess, was
developed at YouTube to power YouTube. It runs on tens of thousands of servers
at colossal scale and is now being rapidly adopted by hyperscalers including
Slack, GitHub, Square and Figma.
“As engineers at any fast growing company know, early scaling decisions have a
huge impact on your ability to deliver your product to customers as the business
grows,” said Karl Matthias, director, platform and architecture at Community.
“Few teams have the expertise to design and manage scalable data systems that
let you focus on delivering value to customers—instead of doing scaling sit-ups.
This is the PlanetScale offering and, to my knowledge, it’s unique in the
New platform capabilities include:
A New Era for Cloud Databases -- Developers can now create a branch of their
database -- as they would with code in Git -- and develop it discreetly prior to
connecting with it in production. This lightweight solution branches only the
schema and leaves the data where it resides.
Non-blocking Schema Changes --
With PlanetScale, database migrations are as easy as pushing code. There are no
locks and no hassles for developers.
Best. CLI. Ever. -- Everything
you’d want to control from the CLI, actually controllable by the CLI. And lots
of great stuff you’d never think possible, too.
“Legacy databases have been
developed with an eye to solving hard problems, but not to creating good
experiences for developers, or to scaling as they scale,” said Sam Lambert,
chief product officer at PlanetScale. “In a sense, the database industry
forgives itself for making its products hard to use, due to the difficulty of
the problems they are solving. We feel that’s unforgivable. PlanetScale is the
fastest database to set up and fastest to iterate -- it’s a developer tool, but
we've also got you when it comes to scaling.”