Oracle Releases Enhanced Version of MySQL

Software giant Oracle announced Monday the release of an updated version of MySQL. The company said the new release, version 5.7.4, boosts the management capability and performance of the open source database.

The upgraded version of MySQL, a development milestone release, includes improvements in replication, security, and instrumentation that Oracle said results "in significantly higher performance and improved manageability" over the previous version 5.6 that came out in February of last year.

With a higher performing MySQL, data centers might be able to improve their overall costs because they'll require less hardware, and because they can use the open source database for more demanding tasks. Oracle testing indicates the new release can handle 512,000 read-only queries per second, twice that of version 5.6.

Fabric, Workbench

Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL Engineering at Oracle, said in a statement that, "By encouraging ongoing community participation and following the 'release early, release often' model, we help shorten the feedback-to-delivery cycle and allow users to get faster access to improved product capabilities and quality."

Improvements include enhanced throughput for solid state disks, higher throughput and better scalability through an improved InnoDB buffer pool, metadata locking, semi-synchronous replication, and performance schema.

Oracle said that optimizer enhancements now provide more accurate calculations in terms of costs, and there have been improvements in the Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit encryption and password management.

Also available is the release candidate (RC) for MySQL Fabric, which is designed to manage a farm of servers running MySQL. The RC, part of MySQL Utililities 1.4.2, offers high availability management with automatic failure detection and scale out through data sharding. In data sharding, a large database is partitioned into smaller, faster ones called shards.

Also out is MySQL Workbench 6.1, which offers more functionality for performance assessment and query optimization. Workbench is a unified visual tool that provides features...

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