I am getting messages from our server that we need to update the installation of MySQL and possibly install Maria. (MySQL 5.6 to 5.7) Problem is that we are on a self hosted VPN and the server company will not do the upgrade on an adhock payment basis and our developer will not touch the server. (he only works on Magento). I can't seem to find any information on whether or not this upgrade will work with Mag 2.2 but I am finding warnings that the Maria install can corrupt databases and that Magento may or may not work with it.
So.....can anyone tell me if Mag 2.2 is better off with or without Maria? As well, are there any developers that are willing to work on a fixed price basis to do the back up and the upgrade?