MySQL Conference 2012 – The Keynotes (3)

Apr 11, 2012 / By Raj Thukral

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And lastly, from none other than The Brian Aker, a keynote on The New MySQL Cloud Ecosystem. He was formerly the Director of Architecture for MySQL and also the creator of Drizzle. He is currently a fellow at HP, leading their cloud architecture group.

He began with a little history on MySQL of course. The drivers as seen by Brian over the years: initially “Batteries Included” or embedded into a product, to “Enterprise” or feature-creep, market-parity, stored-procedures… And of course, the GPL license, which caused no end of confusion in the marketplace.

Now onto DBAs (or the lack thereof!), again something we can all relate to. Yes, Pythian is also always looking for good MySQL DBAS. Continuing on, however, there are no more distribution/GPL concerns as MySQL is provided as a service in the cloud now, and software as a service in the cloud does not need to concern itself with distribution.

Now onto the current landscape:

  • “Fear” of Oracle is largely irrelevant. Definitely true: We’re over that since Oracle continues to release new, better versions of MySQL.
  • “SQL is complete.” Hmm… I may need to think about that.
  • “SQL is still in Demand.” True.
  • Disk I/O is still a problem. Of course. Especially in the cloud where it is unpredicatable.
  • Virtualization is costly (?), Multi-tenancy issues – yes, who hasn’t seen that in the cloud!

And of course, we saw how all this leads to what Brian is doing at HP with their version of the cloud using OpenStack, complete with a demo on how to spin up and use a new MySQL instance in their cloud!

To conclude, from my point of view, this conference seems to be quite a nostalgia trip. It seems all the angst around the various acquisitions has settled down. We can now look back on it as history while looking forward towards new paradigms that are opening up new opportunities for MySQL as well as the MySQL ecosystem, which is now far bigger than just MySQL alone. Cloud is a big buzzword, as is SaaS, PaaS, and DaaS. The next few years are definitely going to be exciting as these technologies mature.

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