At the Oracle OpenWorld conference, the MySQL 5.5 release candidate got high marks from some analysts for its performance enhancements.
Oracle's first release candidate for MySQL 5.5 received some solid reviews
from analysts at Oracle OpenWorld.
The company pulled
the covers off
the release candidate at the conference Sept. 19 during its
inaugural MySQL Sunday event. The emphasis in the release was on
performance and scalability, two areas where analysts said customers
will get what they are looking for.
"Although this release was long overdue, it met its objective on
delivering performance," Forrester Research analyst Noel Yuhanna said
Monday. "There were many large MySQL applications that were struggling
with performance, and some were already looking at alternatives such
, Microsoft SQL Server and Ingres databases."
"I would say that at least a third of the MySQL community was awaiting the
, so we will definitely see the upgrades happening sooner,"
By making InnoDB the default storage engine, Oracle has more control over
performance, scalability and security, he added.
Gartner analyst Kenneth Chin counted the "merging of MySQL Server with
InnoDB" among the key parts of the release. Inside InnoDB, Oracle has
improved recovery performance, added the ability to enable multiple buffer pool
instances and made a number of other enhancements as well in the name of
scalability and performance.
"The most significant feature of the MySQL 5.5 release candidate is the
improved scalability and performance of this product," he said. "The
scalability and performance improvements will broaden the applications which
can be supported by MySQL, including more business applications."
In a conversation
in April, Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect,
said the company's vision is to use MySQL to touch a portion of the market the
Oracle Database does not reach. Still, Yuhanna said, more could be done to
highlight the company's plans for the open-source database.
"Oracle is trying to make MySQL better by hiring more engineers,
improve the quality and integrate with Oracle products," he noted. "However,
on speaking to several large MySQL customers, many have been kept in dark with
regard to the road map of MySQL. Many customers are having uncertainty over
MySQL, whether they should extend their new applications on it or consider