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MySQL Gives DBAs an Enterprise Nod

Monitoring and maintaining databases has long been a somewhat specialized task, which is why enterprises employ database administrators (DBAs).

Open source database vendor MySQL AB is hoping to give a helping hand to DBAs with MySQL Enterprise, its new flagship commercial subscription offering.

MySQL began offering subscriptions-based support with MySQL Network in early 2005.

MySQL Enterprise is now the name of the offering, and the MySQL Network subscription service is part of MySQL Enterprise.

The complete platinum MySQL Enterprise offering also includes MySQL Enterprise Server Software, as well as enterprise-class production support.

MySQL CEO Marten Mickos noted that the new MySQL Enterprise offering is a continuation of MySQL Network, but with a major plus.

"The main addition now is the new Monitoring and Advisory Service, which is unique in the industry," Mickos told internetnews.com.

"It monitors your MySQL servers and provides a heat chart showing the health of them, and it uses a set of rules to verify that all is well with all databases.

"If something isn't, it will show an alert to the DBA and show how the DBA can mitigate the situation."

The solution is being supported on 11 major platforms, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Macintosh OS X, and HP-UX.

Mickos said MySQL Network is one of MySQL's fastest growing product lines and is meeting user expectations.

"But we wanted to offer the users even more, and to take the DBA role to a whole new level," he said. "That's why we developed the Monitoring and Advisory Service."

It's all about making it easier for IT departments and DBAs to do their jobs.

"IT departments are under enormous pressure to produce more with less, and many DBAs lack proper tools to help them in their daily work," Mickos said.

"It is small, medium-sized and large corporations - some of them running business applications and some running Web sites," Mickos added. "They typically run MySQL somewhere today, and are eager to expand."