-edge technology"> Whats particularly notable about the technology rollout is the fact that clustering isnt the sort of commodity technology open-source development usually spins out, analysts pointed out. "Open source isnt about innovation so much as perfection of known technology," said Carl Olofson, an analyst at IDC, in Framingham, Mass. "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]. MySQL is essentially an incorporation of understood, well-known database technology thats been honed and perfected by their engineers. This gives them a jump forward they otherwise might not have had."
MySQL is managing to leapfrog over its own development strategy of incorporating well-known database technology by acquiring leading-edge technology. In this case, the Uppsala, Sweden, company acquired the clustering technology—last year when it bought telecommunications equipment maker Ericssons NDB Cluster software.
In addition, MySQL last summer teamed up with Veritas Software Corp. and SGI, two other players in the clustering space, to integrate, market and support the MySQL database and Veritas Cluster Server, and to optimize, market and sell MySQL on the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters.
MySQL leapt onto the clustering bandwagon because customers are clamoring for high availability, according to MySQLs Urlocker. "As MySQL has grown and been used in more business-critical applications and e-commerce situations and customer self-service applications, people are looking for high availability," he said. "Theres a lot of different ways to achieve that, but it typically requires high-end programming and expensive hardware. We wanted to bring high availability into the mainframe, so you can get the benefit of clustering and high availability without having to spend a fortune."