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Oracle updates MySQL for better performance and scalability

05 Feb 2013
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Oracle has updated its MySQL enterprise database platform which focuses on improving the performance speeds on the open source platform, while also improving MySQL's ability to scale and handle larger database deployments.

The database platform, which has previously only been available to users as a release candidate, has reached general availability, marking the final step in the development process.

Among the features included in the update will be new stability and incident management components. The company said that the new components will allow MySQL databases to restart and continue activity after a crash occurs.

Other new additions include tools to speed up replication and backup activities.

Oracle said that it would be improving throughput speeds while also improving the performance and accuracy of search query returns.

"MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate received great feedback from the community and helped us to efficiently mature the technology to announce general availability,” said Oracle vice president of MySQL engineering Tomas Ulin.

"The new features and enhancements that MySQL 5.6 delivers further demonstrate Oracle’s investment in driving MySQL innovation, making MySQL a fantastic fit for today’s most demanding web, cloud and embedded application requirements."

The 5.6 release comes as the MySQL ecosystem continues to grow for the enterprise space. Analysts have estimated that by 2015 the market could be worth upwards of $650m.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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