This software shortcut is designed to enable more efficient and lower-cost deployments of virtualized MySQL environments by eliminating almost all of the standard manual configuration it requires.
Preconfiguration, prepackaging and
automation of many IT functions are key attributes of the new unified computing
systems, and this is a trend that is gaining serious traction on a global
scale. Spending hours configuring a server or storage array for a virtualized
system is fast becoming drudgery of the past.
Oracle made a major contribution to
this trend June 27 by announcing its first Oracle Virtual Machine Template for
MySQL Enterprise Edition. This software shortcut is designed to enable more
efficient and lower-cost deployments of virtualized MySQL environments by
eliminating almost all of the standard manual configuration it requires.
If the instructions are followed
correctly, Oracle said, this new template will provide a preinstalled,
preconfigured and certified software stack that includes Oracle VM Server for
x86, Oracle Linux with its branded "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel"
(either Red Hat compatible or Oracle's own Linux v2.6 version) and MySQL
Oracle claims the template offers the
following user benefits:
- Faster deployments: Users can reduce installation and
configuration cycles both for initial deployments and to provision
replicated scale-out environments.
- Better reliability: Using a preinstalled and preconfigured software
stack, one that has already undergone extensive integration and quality
testing and is certified for production use, helps ensure a reliable and
- Higher uptime: With MySQL's replication capabilities plus Oracle
VM's built-in high availability features, both planned and unplanned
downtime can be reduced.
The new template also provides users
with access to the comprehensive suite of MySQL management tools, including
MySQL Enterprise Monitor, MySQL Query Analyzer, MySQL Workbench and MySQL
Oracle said that similar VM templates
are also available for Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle
Database, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris.
Has Kept Its MySQL Promise Thus Far
It wasn't all that long ago that the MySQL community was wary about how much support Oracle was
planning to give the open-source database
after the acquisition of
Sun Microsystems in January 2010. After all, MySQL often competed for the same
business as Oracle's standard database.
However, the world's second-largest
software company has indicated its commitment to the open-source database
numerous times during the past 18 months. The new VM template is the latest
CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison was steadfast from the beginning
fact, even before the merger was concluded-in contending that MySQL largely
served a different market than Oracle DB and that the open-source database
community had nothing to worry about: Oracle wasn't about to shutter MySQL.
In fact, he said, Oracle would invest more
into MySQL than Sun had been able to afford. Industry sources have told eWEEK
that this, too, has been borne out.