During Ignite 2018, Microsoft has announced the availability of Maria DB support in Azure Database services. Today it has been opened for Public Preview for all Azure customers.
What is MariaDB?
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system intended to remain free under the GNU GPL.Development is led by some of the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.Wikipedia
Azure Database for MariaDB: Public Preview Availability
The Azure Database for MariaDB service is now available in preview. It offers an enterprise-ready, fully managed database service that based on the Community Edition of MariaDB.
The service features open-source compatibility, built-in high availability, dynamic scaling, and flexible pricing. Customers can lift and shift to the cloud and use languages and frameworks of their choice, leveraging the power of MariaDB running on Azure.