Welcome!

Open Source Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Stackify Blog, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Release Management , Java IoT, Open Source Cloud, Recurring Revenue

Release Management : Article

Is MySQL Doomed to Extinction?

Clustrix, a 30-man San Francisco start-up that just broke cover, thinks it was born and bred to replace MySQL

MySQL on Ulitzer

What if all that tap dancing, posturing, bargaining and political in-fighting Oracle had to do to get clearance to pick up MySQL along with Sun Microsystems was an utter waste of time and money. What if MySQL was suddenly shown to be one of Mr. Darwin's fabled evolutionary dead ends.

Clustrix, a 30-man San Francisco start-up that just broke cover, thinks it was born and bred to replace MySQL with a more viable, genetically superior built-from-the-ground-up product that can do what MySQL's not very good at and that's scale into the billions of the entries.

There's no MySQL DNA in the Clustrix product, only MySQL emulation. But, in a move that could impede MySQL's longevity with the checkbook set, it interoperates with the MySQL protocol so applications don't have to be ported.

The widgetry is cast as the first clustered database system for Internet-scale applications and is said to follow the evolutionary trail of the application servers and storage systems that mutated into scaleable and clustered species.

It's a cross between the massive scalability and high performance of NoSQL's key value stores and the reassuring ACID-tested (update-confirmed) relational functionality of SQL wrapped in a three-node Intel-based server appliance called the CLX 4010 that's supposed to be awfully good at heavy read/write workloads.

Each of the three or more rack-mounted appliances needed runs a so-called Sierra Clustered Database Engine. According to Clustrix how scalable you want or need to be simply depends on how many of the things you lash together in a rack.

The Sierra Clustered Database Engine is a shared-nothing execution environment that includes a Sierra Parallel Planner and a Sierra Distributed Execution Engine.

It brings the query to the distributed data, rather than the data to the query like an RDBMS by breaking the queries apart and figuring out how to spread the bits around in parallel.

That means the Clustrix Clustered Database is supposed to execute the query with maximum parallelism and many simultaneous queries with maximum concurrency.

The result is supposed to be high scalability, high read/write workload performance, high availability, online schema changes, self-healing and self-management.

The guys behind Clustrix cut their teeth at Isilon Systems doing similar massively parallel and distributed kinds of thing to storage and have picked up $18 million from Isilon-backer Sequoia Capital as well as US Venture Partners and ATA Ventures to try their hand at scaling databases.

The Clustrix Clustered Database is targeted at transaction-oriented cloud computing service providers, enterprises and Internet companies like the social networking set frustrated with the kind of application-level partitioning or sharding they have to go through to get the scale needed to deal with the mind-boggling minutia of daily life on the Internet.

That's the kind of "Daddy, does the data scale yet" problem open source Hadoop and Cassandra as well as Google's proprietary Big Table are supposed to address.

To scale MySQL usually requires a lot of painful custom coding, a pricey, time-consuming job, and even then Internet-scale, relational database functionality in a single-instance database can be elusive. Clustrix promises no more of that kind of coding.

Its comparison of six nodes of its own stuff covering six databases to sharding MySQL works out to be an eighth of the cost over five years or $253,496 versus $3,446,250.

Clustrix' Clustered Database System is supposed to scale incrementally and seamlessly to hundreds of nodes as a single-instance database, have fully relational functionality and immediate transactional consistency.

The widgetry is supposed to deploy transparently and non-disruptively into unsharded, sharded and replicated MySQL environments. As customers need to add more CLX 4010 nodes, the distributed and parallel architecture is supposed to automatically distributes data to the new nodes and scale performance linearly even under heavy write loads. It provides high availability via automated load balancing, failover, recovery and self-healing.

The Clustrix dual quad-core appliance includes two 1Gbps Ethernet front-end ports and two 20Gbps InfiniBand back-end ports, along with 32GB of RAM and seven 160GB solid state drives. The list price of the base three-node appliance is $109,995. Underscore list.

Clustrix says it's already selling the things and got its first deal in Q1. Apparently some brand name accounts were in production with the gismos before then. The company's got evals in the field now and claims they're oversubscribed. Apparently some are paying MySQL clients.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that N3N will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. N3N’s solutions increase the effectiveness of operations and control centers, increase the value of IoT investments, and facilitate real-time operational decision making. N3N enables operations teams with a four dimensional digital “big board” that consolidates real-time live video feeds alongside IoT sensor data a...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SourceForge has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SourceForge is the largest, most trusted destination for Open Source Software development, collaboration, discovery and download on the web serving over 32 million viewers, 150 million downloads and over 460,000 active development projects each and every month.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Daiya Industry will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Daiya Industry specializes in orthotic support systems and assistive devices with pneumatic artificial muscles in order to contribute to an extended healthy life expectancy. For more information, please visit https://www.daiyak...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Nihon Micron will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Nihon Micron Co., Ltd. strives for technological innovation to establish high-density, high-precision processing technology for providing printed circuit board and metal mount RFID tags used for communication devices. For more inf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Suzuki Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Suzuki Inc. is a semiconductor-related business, including sales of consuming parts, parts repair, and maintenance for semiconductor manufacturing machines, etc. It is also a health care business providing experimental research for...
SYS-CON Events announced today that mruby Forum will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. mruby is the lightweight implementation of the Ruby language. We introduce mruby and the mruby IoT framework that enhances development productivity. For more information, visit http://forum.mruby.org/.
Elon Musk is among the notable industry figures who worries about the power of AI to destroy rather than help society. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, embraces all that is going on. AI is most powerful when deployed across the vast networks being built for Internets of Things in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, government and other sectors. Is AI transforming IoT for the good or the bad? Do we need to worry about its potential destructive power? Or will we...
SYS-CON Events announced today that B2Cloud will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. B2Cloud specializes in IoT devices for preventive and predictive maintenance in any kind of equipment retrieving data like Energy consumption, working time, temperature, humidity, pressure, etc.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Greg Gorman is the Director, IoT Developer Ecosystem, Watson IoT, will provide a short tutorial on Node-RED, a Node.js-based programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using a wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click. There is a large library of contributed nodes that help so...
What is the best strategy for selecting the right offshore company for your business? In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, will discuss the things to look for - positive and negative - in evaluating your options. He will also discuss how to maximize productivity with your offshore developers. Before you start your search, clearly understand your business needs and how that impacts software choices.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SIGMA Corporation will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. uLaser flow inspection device from the Japanese top share to Global Standard! Then, make the best use of data to flip to next page. For more information, visit http://www.sigma-k.co.jp/en/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that NetApp has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. NetApp provides a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with their partners, NetApp em...
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
There is huge complexity in implementing a successful digital business that requires efficient on-premise and cloud back-end infrastructure, IT and Internet of Things (IoT) data, analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Applications. In the data center alone, there are physical and virtual infrastructures, multiple operating systems, multiple applications and new and emerging business and technological paradigms such as cloud computing and XaaS. And then there are pe...
Real IoT production deployments running at scale are collecting sensor data from hundreds / thousands / millions of devices. The goal is to take business-critical actions on the real-time data and find insights from stored datasets. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Walicki, Watson IoT Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud, will provide a fast-paced developer journey that follows the IoT sensor data from generation, to edge gateway, to edge analytics, to encryption, to the IBM Bluemix cloud, to Wa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MIRAI Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MIRAI Inc. are IT consultants from the public sector whose mission is to solve social issues by technology and innovation and to create a meaningful future for people.
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, will discuss how data centers of the future will be managed, how th...