MySQL Moves to Leading

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-16 Print this article Print

Edge"> Open source has been more about perfection of known technology than innovation. Like IDCs Carl Olofson said to me, its not that shared-nothing clustering is brand-new and nobody knows how to do it, but its more leading-edge than your basic, garden-variety database technology. Why has MySQL taken on this type of [for an open-source company] atypical technology, and can we expect more leading-edge technology to appear in MySQL going forward? Clustering is not significantly more complex than other solutions provided by open source. An operating system is not a simple piece of software, and the same goes for a database, Web server and the other numerous applications you can find in the open-source space. The general thinking has been that clustering is uniquely complicated—and therefore expensive. MySQL Cluster shows that this is not the case. You can do clustering in a simple, efficient manner that anyone can understand and use.
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MySQL historically has been used in Apache-driven server farms for providing online access to data. Thats good scalability for read-only access, but for full database scalability, you need clustering of some kind. With that in mind, what kind of new ventures, usage, industry sectors, etc. will clustering set MySQL up for? MySQL was originally created to solve problems both in the data-warehousing space and for the Web, but it has never been limited to those areas. Our user base has implemented MySQL to solve every thinkable database need, but I can agree that the Web usage has probably been one of the most visible areas. MySQL has always been used by leading-edge companies [Sabre Inc., Hoovers Inc.] that have wanted to access their data in the fastest possible manner. And because clustering maximizes high availability and high speed, this is something they have been asking for [for] a long time. Clustering will help MySQL be even more widely adopted in critical markets like banking and telecom, where there are extreme demands from the database server. Next page: Whether clustering can make MySQL more competitive with the large database players.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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