Oracle has released what it claims is a faster and more scalable version of its MySQL database platform.
MySQL 5.6 will allow users to test a number of features designed to improve performance, and is more flexible and compatible with cloud and web-based applications.
Oracle said that the update includes features to improve query speeds, enhanced partitioning, improved backup components and additional monitoring and management tools.
"With this first MySQL 5.6 development milestone release, we are offering early access to new stable features for testing," said Oracle vice president of MySQL engineering Tom Ulin.
"Oracle continues to innovate and enhance the MySQL Database, delivering a higher performing, more scalable, reliable and easier to use MySQL."
Ulin explained that the release shows how Oracle is focused on working with developers to improve the MySQL platform. This commitment was held in question last year after the company tied up its merger with Sun.
Since the merger, however, Oracle has pressed forward with development on the platform, most recently with the MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.5 update.
Customers can download the 5.6 release from Oracle's MySQL developer site.
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