One of the biggest areas of concern that helped to delay Oracle’s (NASDAQ: ORCL) acquisition of Sun last year was the open source MySQL database. As it turns out, Oracle has accelerated MySQL development, and this week previewed its next generation.
MySQL 5.6 is now available as a preview and provides an enhanced InnoDB storage engine as well as improved scalability and performance.
“MySQL’s popularity depends on InnoDB and replication and, at the core of replication, is the binlog,” Oracle’s spokesperson said. “The Binlog API enables developers to reduce the complexity of integration by standardizing their SQL data management operations on MySQL, while replicating data to other non-MySQL applications within their data management infrastructure