MySQL Focusing on Scalability for Web 2.0
Solving the scalability problems of Web application developers will play an important role in MySQL's future.While MySQL may not be supplanting proprietary databases in the enterprise, the people behind the open-source database see solving the scalability problems of Web application developers as their ticket towards broader enterprise adoption. MySQL has traditionally been focused on being the top database for online applications, a focus that has not shifted with the acquisition of MySQL AB by Sun Microsystems. Looking ahead, company officials said a key focus for the product will be to help organizations scale up and out. With large-scale Web applications, the sheer number of users, data or transactions can grow rapidly, making scalability important for enterprises.
"We are working closely with Sun's performance engineers to identify possible bottlenecks in the MySQL server as well as in specific storage engines," said Zack Urlocker, vice president of products for Sun's new Database Group. "We do a lot of stress testing, putting the database under extreme conditions and using technology like [Sun's] Dtrace as well as other techniques to effectively put the performance under a microscope to figure out where the bottlenecks are and then make adjustments."