Oracle commits the future of MySQL

Oracle Corporation will increase its investment in the open-source MySQL database it acquired with its purchase of Sun Microsystems, and it has already begun to make improvements to the software. So said Oracle’s chief software architect, Edward Screven, during his “State the Dolphin” keynote address at the annual MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., this week.

“We are going to continue to develop, promote and support MySQL,” he said, adding, “It’s worth it to Oracle to invest in MySQL, and we’re making it better. Not at some abstract point in the future, but today.

Screven pointed to the beta of MySQL 5.5, which he claimed improves performance by more than 200 percent and improves recovery times by more than a factor of 10. He added that semi-synch replication and more partitioning will be integrated in MySQL 5.5, and he assured the crowd that Oracle will maintain MySQL Server’s pluggable storage engine architecture — the enterprise and community editions will ship with the same code.

Oracle also announced the release of MySQL Cluster 7.1 at the show, and Screven cited Oracle’s investment in that release, as well as MySQL Workbench 5.2 and MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.2, as further proof of the company’s commitment.