April 2, 2020
companies can deploy, run and manage databases that span multiple cloud
PlanetScaleDB (formerly called PlanetScale CNDb) protects enterprises
from loss of crucial service if their primary cloud provider goes down
by enabling them to continue to serve data on their secondary cloud
provider. Additionally, this organically prevents vendor lock-in by
making it easy for a company to move from one cloud provider to another.
This powerful new feature gives enterprises full control over their data
and the power to negotiate the best contract terms with their cloud
Adoption of public cloud services has become mainstream as enterprises
seek to take advantage of the agility, scalability and flexibility the
cloud offers. By 2022, Gartner predicts that 75 percent of all databases
will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform. However, moving to the
cloud brings inherent risks; Lloyd’s of London calculated that a major
outage of a top cloud provider in the United States would result in $15
billion in industry losses. Enterprise CIOs and chief risk officers are
demanding multi-cloud databases that offer failover and disaster
recovery capabilities so that their business is not impacted by an
"This new PlanetScaleDB release enables businesses to liberate their
data with a cross cloud database, making it effortless to switch from
one cloud to another and overcome the challenges and costs associated
with cloud vendor lock-in," said Jiten Vaidya, CEO and co-founder of
PlanetScale. "The only database built on Kubernetes and Vitess,
PlanetScaleDB offers limitless scale designed for modern applications
and enables disaster recovery for maximum uptime and full business
PlanetScaleDB is a fully managed cloud native database service that
enables a multi-vendor, Kubernetes- powered future in the cloud.
PlanetScaleDB is built on two trusted technologies: MySQL, which powers
millions of applications and Vitess, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation
(CNCF) hosted open source graduated project that serves massive scale
production traffic at companies like YouTube, Slack and Square.
New features include:
support: PlanetScaleDB now supports Microsoft Azure, in addition to
Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.
Multi-region support: For each of the three cloud providers (AWS, GCP
and Azure) PlanetScaleDB now supports 4 regions (US East, US West,
Europe and Asia). PlanetScaleDB allows replicas for one database to run
across multiple regions within a cloud provider, reducing the
operational overhead of deploying and managing disaster-resilient
database clusters. Of note is the ability to migrate between regions
effortlessly, allowing customers to move back to their most optimal
operational configuration once the disaster scenario is over.
True multi-cloud support: PlanetScaleDB is now the only
database-as-a-service that enables replicas for one database to run in
multiple clouds. Customers set one master database that they write to,
and if the master experiences an outage, a replica in a different cloud
can be quickly turned into the new master. This provides unprecedented
failover and disaster recovery, and prevents vendor lock-in.
PlanetScaleDB is generally available in AWS and GCP.