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MySQL AB Previews Clustered Version Of Open-Source Database

With its aim on the enterprise market, MySQL AB on Wednesday debuted a preview edition of a clustered version of its open-source database, and said it would push out a production version in the third quarter of the year.

The goal, said the Swedish-based open-source developer, is to expand its market to customers that require a high-availability database, but don't want to shell out the money for higher-priced software from database providers such as Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.

"The companies that are using MySQL came back to us, and told us that they were starting to run high-volume sites that simply can't go down," said Edwin DeSouza, the director of product management at MySQL "They needed the high availability delivered by clustering."

Rather than competing directly with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, DeSouza said, MySQL's intent is instead to stick with what it's known for -- reliable, low-cost databases -- but to also "grow with our customers."

Dubbed MySQL Cluster, the offering combines the MySQL database with a distributed clustering technology to insure that data is always available, a key to companies running any database for mission-critical applications, such as handling online transactions. Like databases from IBM and Microsoft, it operates in memory, which means that an enterprise doesn't have to purchase new hardware, such as an expensive storage area network.

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