New storage engines for MySQL announced

Since Oracle bought the companies behind two of the major storage engines used by MySQL (BerkeleyDB from Sleepycat, and InnoDB from Innobase), people have been wondering what this meant long term for the survival of MySQL itself.

At the MySQL Users Conference in Santa Clara that started this week, MySQL have put to rest any fears with annoucements that they are providing the pluggable database engine API to allow any company and open-source community efforts to develop new engines for the database.

New engines have already been announced – Solid Information was the first company to announce the release of it’s OLTP storage engine, and others are expected to make announcements at the conference this week.

MySQL have also announced their own engine, code-names ‘Falcon’, which is based on technology by Jim Starkey.

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