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IBM abandons solidDB for MySQLMatthew Aslett, March 5, 2008 @ 5:15 am ET
Matt Asay has the news that IBM has taken the decision to discontinue the development of the solidDB for MySQL database engine following its acquisition of in-memory database specialist Solid Information Technology. The official announcement is here on SourceForge.
As Dhiren Patel, community relations manager writes: “This in-memory technology, and not Solid’s open source offering, was the key driver behind IBM’s acquisition. As a result, I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, we will not be continuing further development on solidDB for MySQL.”
Given the commercial drivers it is not really surprising to see the end of the project, which started out as a means of Solid extending its reach beyond the communications and embedded database segments and dipping its toe into the open source waters. Clearly IBM does not need the solidDB for MySQL project to fulfill those goals.
While it is easy to link the decision to Sun’s recent acquisition of MySQL, my guess is that is not a driver. After all, IBM’s DB2 can also be used as a storage engine for MySQL on System i. If that relationship turns sour you can start looking towards the grassy knoll.
In the meantime, Patel adds that “solidDB for MySQL will continue to be hosted and available here at SourceForge, and existing releases will continue to be available under the GPL. To ensure a smooth transition, developer forums and bug tracking will also be migrated to SourceForge.”
Whether it will get picked up or not is another matter. I’ve heard good things about the project, but with MySQL’s Falcon on the way and numerous other storage engines available, it is unlikely that solidDB for MySQL survive without a patron.
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