Oracle Posts First MySQL 5.6 Development Release

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-04-11 Print this article Print

The company positions the new version as fine-tuned for cloud systems, thanks to an improved InnoDB storage engine and enhanced replication capabilities.

It seems as if all IT software and hardware development is positioned toward-or at least trying to be in the same picture with-cloud computing these days.

MySQL is the latest product to plop onto the cloud bandwagon. On Day 1 of the Oracle Users Group's Collaborate 2011 conference in Orlando, Fla., Oracle's MySQL group on April 11 announced the first development release of MySQL 5.6, which the company says is fine-tuned to deliver better performance and scalability for applications running in cloud systems.

The company credits this largely to an improved InnoDB storage engine and enhanced replication capabilities. Of course, any improvements to MySQL can enhance many types of enterprise system deployments.

Oracle invited the MySQL community to test significant new features, such as NoSQL access to InnoDB via the Memcached protocol, at this site.

New features in MySQL 5.6, according to Oracle:

  • An improved optimizer, enabling better query performance. More partitioning options providing faster access to relevant data.
  • An enhanced PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA, facilitating better performance monitoring and tuning.
  • An improved InnoDB storage engine that brings Persistent Optimizer Statistics; multithreaded purge, making purge operations more efficient; and Configurable Data Dictionary cache, enabling DBAs to more efficiently deploy systems with a large number of tables.
  • Enhanced replication, which provides new crash-safe slaves and replication checksums that improve data integrity and detect errors; optimized row-based replication improving replication performance and reducing system resource consumption; time delayed replication, providing DBAs more flexibility; and Remote Binary Log Backup, enabling DBAs to create real-time backups from the binary log.
"With this first MySQL 5.6 development milestone release, we are offering early access to new stable features for testing," said Tomas Ulin, Oracle's MySQL vice president of engineering.

The MySQL 5.6 development milestone release can be downloaded here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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