Liveblogging: Edward Screven State of the Dolphin Keynote

Apr 13, 2010 / By Sheeri Cabral

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Chief Corporate Architect at Oracle, been at Oracle since 1986, technology and architecture decisions, responsible for all open source at Oracle. Company-wide initiatives on standards management and security — http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2010/public/schedule/detail/12440.

Where MySQL fits within Oracle’s structure.

Oracle’s Strategy: Complete. Open. Integrated. (compare with MySQL’s strategy: Fast, Reliable, Easy to Use).

Most of the $$ spent by companies is not on software, but on integration. So Oracle makes software based on open standards that integrates well.

Most of the components talk to each other through open standards, so that customers can use other products, and standardize on the technology, which makes it much more likely that customers will continue to use Oracle.

Oracle invested heavily in open source even before the acquisition. Linux (Oracle Unbreakable Linux = Oracle Enterprise Linux = OEL). Clustering, data integrity, storage validation, asynchronous I/O, virtualiation technology that has been accepted back into the Linux kernel. They have enhanced Xen, in order to make a good Oracle VM server for x86. With Sun, they now have VirtualBox. In the 3 years of OEL, they have over 4,500 companies.

Oracle never settles for being second best at any level of the stack.
“Complete” means we meet most customer requirements at every level.
That’s why Oracle matters to Oracle and Oracle customers.

MySQL is small, lightweight, easy to install and easy to manage. These are different from Oracle, so MySQL is the RIGHT choice for many applications, so by adding MySQL to Oracle’s database offerings, it makes the Oracle solution more complete.

Investing in MySQL means:
making MySQL a better MySQL. Keep MySQL the #1 db for web apps.
improve enginnering consulting and support
24×7, world-class oracle support

MySQL community edition: “If we stop investing in the community edition, MySQL will stop being ubiquitous”.

They want to focus even more effort on:
web
embedded
telecom
integration with other products in the LAMP stack
Windows — #1 download platform is Windows, but it’s not the #1 *deployment* platform.

They want to invest more money in allowing Oracle tools to work with MySQL too. For example, Oracle Enterprise Manager for monitoring, Oracle Secure Backup for backups, and Oracle Audit Vault for auditing. (Pythian already has a free Oracle Grid Control plugin to monitor MySQL).

Oracle will keep pluggable storage engine API, they are starting a Storage Engine Advisory Board to talk about their requirements and experiences and future plans and product direction.

MySQL 5.5 is beta, that’s the big news. InnoDB is the default storage engine there.

5.5 is much faster….including more than 10x improvement in recovery times. There’s a 200% read-only 200% performance gain. Read/Write performance gain is 364% faster than MySQL 5.1.40. These are for large # of concurrent connections, like 1024 connections.

Better object/connection management, database administration, data modelling in MySQL workbench.

MySQL Cluster 7.1, improved administration, higher performance, java connectors, carrier grade availability and performance. “Extreme availability”.

They’re also making support better — MySQL Enterprise — bettter.

MySQL Enterprise Backup – formerly InnoDB hot backup. This is now included in MySQL Enterprise, not a separately paid for feature.

(Demo of MySQL enterprise manager)

In conclusion:
MySQL is important to Oracle and our customers — it’s part of Oracle’s complete, open, integrated strategy. Oracle is making MySQL better TODAY. A “come to Oracle OpenWorld pitch (I’ve been, it certainly is a great conference.)

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