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MySQL To Outline Plug-In Plans, Database Upgrade

At next week's MySQL users conference, the company will discuss its own storage engine, currently in development and code-named Falcon, as well as new deals it has recently inked to allow others to play nicely.

Next week, MySQL plans to outline its plugin architecture that allows VARs and developers to use specialized storage and transaction engines suited for their workloads.

At the MySQL’s fourth annual users conference, Jim Starkey, a database trailblazer with InterBase and currently a MySQL senior software architect, will discuss MySQL's developing storage engine, code-named Falcon, said Zack Urlocker, executive vice president of marketing Cupertino, Calif.-based MySQL. The conference kicks off Monday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Earlier this week, Solid Information Technology said a version of its SolidDB will be a storage and OLTP engine option for MySQL, joining InnoDB, MyISAM, Memory, Merge and Cluster as storage engines that plug into the MySQL database server. Urlocker said uncertainty over whether InnoDB will continue to be an option, after Oracle's recent purchase, should resolve itself.

"We renewed the InnoDB deal with Oracle and on the same terms as before," Urlocker said. Oracle's Ken Jacobs, aka Dr. DBA, will speak about InnoDB at next week's conference, he said. Jacobs is vice president of product strategy for Oracle's Server Technologies Division.

There are now about a half-dozen plugin engines, and three or four more are likely to be added, according to Urlocker. "Some are very specialized, and not every engine is on par with the others. We could see special engines for data warehousing, OLAP, unstructured data or specialized things like accessing your mail systems," he said.

MySQL also plans to talk up MySQL 5.1, a point upgrade to its database that will improve data warehousing, availability, and clustering and partitioning for large databases, Urlocker said.

"We'll show off new 5.1 functionality and new partitioning capability that will make it easier to deal with large databases. It's an incremental release in beta now ,with a new beta to go out Tuesday or Wednesday," he said. The current MySQL 5.0 release officially shipped in November.

MySQL and PostgreSQL are favorites in open-source databases, and both have their proponents.

Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies, a Bozeman, Mont.-based provider of hosted CRM systems, is a huge MySQL fan and will be speaking at the MySQL conference. MySQL is a critical component of RIghtNow's hosted CRM environment.

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