DB Relay utilizes standard technologies and simpler infrastructure to enable faster and more cost effective development of intranet tools that interact with databases. To date, most database access technologies have required proprietary software installation on each of several clients, or the use of a local library. Simple web applications also have previously required complex, non-scalable or hard to maintain middleware. DB Relay solves these issues, moving complex database connectivity from clients to a simpler architecture utilizing a small number of systems running DB Relay.
The current version of DB Relay works with Microsoft SQL Server (2005 and later) and Vertica database systems. It also provides beta-quality access to PostgreSQL, MySQL, and databases with an ODBC interface.
“DB Relay’s goal is to help developers create applications without complex infrastructure or configuration,” said Mr. Bruns. “DB Relay's easy installation and maintenance, as well as its user-friendly interface, achieve this, making it ideal for the development of interactive intranet applications and ad-hoc database access from scripts. Further, as an open source project, we believe that the technology will continue to be improved, and thus, will create greater ease of use over the long term.”
Availability and Development
DB Relay is currently available at dbrelay.com. It is an open source project licensed and available under the GPLv3 terms. Development of DB Relay was led by Mr. Bruns, who will also be responsible for coordinating future updates to the project. GETCO LLC, a global electronic trading and technology firm, funded and participated in the development of DB Relay.
“GETCO is proud to be part of the DB Relay’s development,” said Vlad Didenko, an IT Architect at GETCO. “As users of open source technology, we believe it is important to be an active member of the community and contribute to innovative projects such as DB Relay.”
DB Relay Unveiled at OSCON 2010
DB Relay is being launched during OSCON 2010, the premier meeting ground for the open source community, being held July 19 – 23, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. On July 21 at 2:30 p.m. PDT in room E142, Mr. Bruns and Mr. Didenko, will lead a technical introduction to DB Relay. The presentation will demonstrate how to deploy and use the technology for intranet web development and back-end scripting. Specific topics to be discussed include:
- DB Relay’s high-level architecture
- Obtaining and building DB Relay
- Code structure
- Operating DB Relay
- Web application development
- Python scripting example
Conference attendees interested in learning more about DB Relay can also visit Booth #520 in the OSCON Exhibit Hall on July 21-22, 2010.
About DB Relay
Designed for operational efficiency and ease of maintenance, DB Relay is an open source project built around the NGiNX web server platform, providing an HTTP/JSON interface to a variety of database servers. It enables database access without drivers and web application development without middleware. For more information on DB Relay, please visit the dbrelay.com web site.
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