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MySQL 5.0 Now Available for Production Use

    Online News published in DMReview.com
October 25, 2005

MySQL AB, developer of the world's most popular open source database, today announced the general availability of MySQL 5.0, the most significant product upgrade in the company's ten-year history. Starting today, MySQL 5.0 can be downloaded under the open source GPL license at http:/dev.mysql.com.

"We are quite proud to deliver this new version of MySQL - as it includes the most-requested features from our users, customers and partners," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "With their feedback, we have been able to provide important enterprise-class features while staying true to MySQL's renowned heritage of high-performance, reliability and ease of use."

The new MySQL 5.0 combines enterprise-grade reliability and performance with advanced SQL 2003 standard-compliant features, making it the most cost-effective database solution for business-critical applications. The product's new functionality will be especially familiar to database developers and DBAs of proprietary relational database systems - allowing IT departments to ease the integration and transition of their data, applications and skill-sets.

MySQL 5.0 delivers dozens of new enterprise features, including:

  • Stored Procedures and SQL Functions - to embed business logic in the database and improve performance;
  • Triggers - to enforce complex business rules at the database level;
  • Views - to ensure protection of sensitive information;
  • Cursors - to allow easier database development and reference of large datasets;
  • Information Schema - to provide easy access to meta data;
  • XA Distributed Transactions - supports complex transactions across multiple databases in heterogeneous environments;
  • SQL Mode - provides server-enforced data integrity for new and existing data;
  • New Federated and Archive Storage Engines - MySQL's unique pluggable storage engine architecture allows greater flexibility, functionality and performance by making it easy to swap database engines in and out, based on users' application requirements;
  • New Migration Toolkit - a new graphical toolkit that completely migrates all data and objects from Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access and other database platforms to MySQL;
  • Instance Manager - new management assistant that allows remote starting/stopping of any MySQL Server, as well as remote editing of configuration files, reading of error and query logs, and more;
  • Updated Connectors and Visual Tools - new high-performance versions of MySQL's ODBC, Java and .NET database drivers are now available, along with updated versions of the MySQL Query Browser and MySQL Administrator.

"MySQL 5.0 represents a huge leap in features and functionality for the MySQL database," said Gunter Rombauts, European IT manager for Chicago Metallic. "As a worldwide leader in metal ceiling systems, it's critical that our database supports heavy-duty enterprise applications with speed and reliability. We are looking forward to using MySQL 5.0 as a key component of Chicago Metallic's global IT infrastructure."

The production version of MySQL 5.0 is available now for Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IBM AIX 5L and a range of other operating systems.

All MySQL database software is available under a dual licensing model. Developers and organizations can choose between an open source (GPL) or a commercial MySQL license, depending on their deployment requirements. End-user enterprises can also subscribe to MySQL Network, a comprehensive set of certified software and premium support services.

For software downloads and additional information, visit http://www.mysql.com/products/.

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