Tonight’s New York PHP community meeting was a talk by Philip Antoniades the MySQL Systems Engineering Manager.
With an interesting topic opener “A New Hope” I could not resist to hear Philip’s official MySQL presentation.
Some small points I took away from the presentation.
- Sun is committed to Postgres with Josh Berkus and a team of 20 people.
- Solaris.next is the next version of Sun, I thought that was a cool internal name, be it obvious
- A marketing slide of the highest traffic websites listed Meebo, yousendit, alexaholic, techcrunch, feedburneer, istockphoto and vimeo as reported by Pingdom. Not sure were they get their data, but Google, Yahoo, FaceBook, Wikipedia, MySpace, Fotolog are sites I think of as high traffic. Indeed 3 of these listed sites I’ve never heard of.
- MySQL 5.1 is expected GA in late Q2 (no year was mentioned).
- Falcon in 6.0 was listed as the “Next Generation” transaction Storage Engine, an interesting term I’d not heard of before.
- Sun provides Hosted Database Services (i.e. the cloud) via network.com.
- MySQL has had an influx of Sun Engineers (60-80).
- MySQL is being benchmarked more on Sun H/W.
This talk did remind me it’s time to download Open Solaris. With the interesting comment that out of some 1,200 Sun Engineers over 1,000 were Macbook users gives me great confidence it will work just fine on my Macbook.
Out of other discussions there was talk of ZFS, so this will be interesting in what backup opportunities for MySQL without a true Online Backup solution may exist.
Also there was discussion with Sun’s GUI Tool NetBeans, and this casts light on how this will sit with the MySQL GUI team and MySQL Workbench.
Interesting times, this new hope.