Cloud-native distributed SQL database vendor Cockroach Labs added new data storage, geospatial and SQL capabilities to its database platform.
The CockroachDB 20.2 update became generally available on Nov.10 and is the second major update for the New York City-based vendor in 2020, following the release of CockroachDB 20.1 in May.
Among the new features is an open source storage engine created by Cockroach Labs developers, known as Pebble. Security also gets a boost with improved role-based access control (RBAC). With the new release Cockroach is now also adding support for geospatial data, which enables the database to support location data.
The most interesting update in Cockroach 20.2 is the new functionality for managing Cockroach clusters and management options for developers, said Donald Feinberg, vice president and analyst at Gartner.
“Management of any DBMS with multiple nodes, geo-distributed or not, is always complex, especially as the number of instances and/or nodes grow,” Feinberg said. [Version] 20.2 makes this much easier and less complex.”
Why geospatial data matters in CockroachDB 20.2
Feinberg also noted that geospatial data is becoming increasing important and is a good addition in Cockroach 20.2
“More and more, we see applications in many verticals that require