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YugabyteDB 2.1 Release Expands Geodistributed, Multicloud Deployment Options

Update boasts performance improvements and enhanced security features.

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Yugabyte, an open source distributed SQL database expert, has released YugabyteDB 2.1 with features that include two data center (2DC) deployments for reducing write latency, read replicas for reducing read latency, enterprise-grade encryption enhancements, and performance improvements. YugabyteDB, a distributed SQL database, provides the speed, scale, and performance developers need to deploy global, cloud-native applications.

These updates make it easier for organizations looking to take advantage of multicloud implementations or to solve for the geodistribution of data to use YugabyteDB to develop, deploy, and operationalize their modern applications with high performance and scale. These new models allow users to configure the database differently -- or use all three deployments together -- to reduce latency and solve for high volumes of data. For enterprise users of the Yugabyte Platform (the commercial, self-managed DBaaS offering), creating and managing read replicas is simplified even further.

“Enterprises that deliver modern, internet-scale applications are increasingly turning to distributed SQL databases, such as YugabyteDB, so they no longer have to give up the data modeling flexibility and transactional capabilities of SQL in the process of going cloud native,” said Kannan Muthukkaruppan, co-founder and CEO of Yugabyte.

YugabyteDB 2.1’s performance improvement can be attributed to a number of enhancements to the SQL query processing and storage layers of the distributed database. YugabyteDB 2.1 was tested to run the complete TPC-C suite with 100 warehouses accessed by 64 terminals.

As a business-critical datastore, YugabyteDB has enterprise-grade security controls to protect data from malicious access. In addition to the authentication and authorization features previously available, YugabyteDB 2.1 introduces additional security enhancements including encryption at rest and encryption in transit via the TLS protocol. The release also includes seamless key rotation with AWS KMS as well as the Equinix Smart Key Service, allowing users to rotate encryption keys frequently without admininstrative overhead.

Yugabyte has also deepened its partnership with GraphQL engine developer, Hasura. By leveraging Hasura, powered by a geodistributed SQL database such as YugabyteDB, users can easily develop massively scalable, highly resilient, low-latency, cloud-native applications.

To learn more about the YugabyteDB 2.1 release, visit

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