Only customers of Enterprise Edition have access to new security, scalability and authentication features.
Oracle has appended extra commercial extensions to the enterprise edition of the open-source MySQL database, more distinguishing it from the community edition that is available to everyone just for free.
According to the official blog post, a new thread that is pooling possibility may deliver a “significant” scalability boost and performance for “apps which service a great number of competitor connections, particularly on 16-core and higher systems”.
Now Enterprise Edition subscriptions also involves an Oracle VM template for fast deploying databases; support for various authentication improvements as well as Windows Server Failover Clustering.
The features that unite present MySQL commercial extensions as for example Enterprise Monitor, are accessible for today’s Enterprise Edition subscription holders. According to the post, they will be shortly obtainable, as part of a 30-day free trial.
MySQL handling of Oracle has been thoroughly watched by members of community who deploy and assist to develop the database that it required through the Sun Microsystems purchase in 2010. The deal of Sun was brought to a stop while European antitrust authorities considered the implications of what Oracle that purchases the most broadly deployed proprietary database in the industry would do to MySQL.
Finally, Oracle issued a set of public pledges that was confirming its commitment to holding MySQL viable and open, and has from the time delivered a number of important updates to MySQL.
Its resolution to limit the new improved extensions to customers of Enterprise Edition and not involve them in the community code is a general practice among commercial open source organizations but the more may still irritate some users.
Guiseppe Maxia, database expert and a former head of the MySQL community team, doesn’t relate to this group.
Maxia wrote in a blog post that an open source product requires to be created. Thus the developers are necessary to get paid for. Consequently, the company demands to make money from this output if it wishes to keep on developing it. Otherwise the company needs to market something else to pay the bills.
He also added that a pure open source project with worldwide participation is faster, better and more amazing. MySQL has never been so, not with Sun, not with Oracle and not even when it was an independent software company.
The cost of Enterprise Edition is $5 000 annually per server with up to 4 sockets.