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MySQL To Outline Plugin Plans, Database Upgrade

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.

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