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Interview with Brian Aker

Jun 15, 2007, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When I look at your Web site, I see some pretty unusual storage engines for MySQL. You can use a Web site as back-end storage or even memcached for memory-backed storage. Do those engines have any practical application? Or are they more in the nature of sample code?

"Well, they actually have quite a bit of practical application. In the database industry, we've been hearing, especially from companies like IBM, for some time now, about federating sources of data. So, taking data from different sites or, in this case, just different data strategies and putting them together. This is kind of a very early concept that Monty Widenius had when he first came up with MySQL, though it was more around analytics and transactional engines. What we've done is we've kind of spread that concept out..."

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