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Updated MySQL 'to ship next year'

12/14/2012 | Data centers |

If you're looking for the best way to take control of the databases stored on your dedicated servers, one great option you're likely to have considered is MySQL.  

The Oracle-owned open source database management tool is one of the most popular solutions available and is used by some of the world's biggest websites to manage their operations, including Google, Facebook and Twitter. It has a free community edition that should be perfect for small sites, but for larger organisations, there's a paid-for Enterprise Edition that offers more features.

New version
Although the software has been around for nearly 20 years, it's still being frequently updated and the next version, to be mySQL 5.6, has been on the horizon for some time now. It's set to contain a range of new features and enhancements, with MySQL recently highlighting more NoSQL options and a pluggable user interface as among the new functionalities.

Product lead on the development Rob Young told a webcast about the upgrade these tools "will make MySQL an ideal choice for web, cloud-based and embedded use cases, whether on premise or hosted", technology news provider ZDNet reported.

Delay until 2013
However, if you were looking to get your hands on this before the end of the year, you're likely to be disappointed, as the executive explained it's looking like it will be early 2013 before the product becomes available.

But still, this delay might have benefits for companies, as you might be able to take the time to evaluate the software and determine whether or not its the right solution for you before moving to implement it into your system at launch. After all, it's better to be certain you understand what it can bring to your firm before shelling out for the paid enterprise version of the tool.

ZDnet notes Mr Young's webcast comes shortly after a group of developers backing a fork of MySQL known as MariaDB formed a foundation looking to challenge Oracle's software. This might mean more choice for website owners in the near future, so it's something that's worth keeping a close eye on.

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