Interview with Brian Aker

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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