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MySQL Preps for LinuxWorld with Veritas, SGI Pacts

Open-source database maker MySQL AB Wednesday said it has inked Linux-oriented deals with Veritas, SGI and others to wrap its software with major products from those companies.

The news comes days before the kick-off of LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2003 in San Francisco, where Mountain View, Calif.'s Veritas and SGI plan to unveil their technology integration, marketing and support for MySQL, along with similar agreements with Computer Associates , Arkeia and Emic Networks.

MySQL, which has been gaining momentum as a low-cost alternative for small database projects and departmental needs, will also detail its recently-announced alliance with appliance maker Pogo Linux and reveal the formal new name of SAP DB, the open source database MySQL acquired from SAP in May.

The fact that so many well-heeled companies are partnering with MySQL signals their belief in the viability of open-source database products. IBM kicked off the conference news-making today, with its new eServer 325, powered with the latest Opteron chips.

With Veritas, a company who recently expanded its tendrils from storage software to server provisioning, Sweden's MySQL AB will offer a software plug-in for the vendor's Cluster Server to help MySQL to provide users greater system availability and performance.

The Cluster Server aims to shave application downtime and increase performance by distributing workloads across servers. With the new Veritas Cluster Server agent for MySQL, organizations can use Cluster Server software to manage MySQL applications.

MySQL AB will offer the new Cluster Server agent for MySQL Version 3.23 and higher next month. It will initially run on the Linux platform and will be extended to the Solaris and HP-UX operating systems later.

MySQL will also demonstrate its wares with several other vendors, led by the provision of its database on SGI's Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters. Specifically, the Intel Itanium 2-based Altix 3000 supercluster will run MySQL on Linux to power high-performance database applications.

Meanwhile, software vendor CA will show integration between the MySQL database and its BrightStor ARCserve Back-up software; software maker Arkeia will demonstrate its network backup software with MySQL database applications; and Emic Networks, which makes fault tolerance and clustering software, will air its Emic Application Cluster (EAC) for MySQL.

Available under the free software/open source GNU General Public License (GPL) or a non-GPL commercial license, MySQL AB's MySQL server boasts some 4 million installations and over 30,000 downloads per day. Customers include Yahoo!, Lucent Technologies and Motorola.