MySQL Adds Automation to Enterprise Subscription Service

Open-source database developer MySQL announced a new version of its commercial subscription service, which will feature automated technology designed to help users monitor their databases more effectively.

MySQL Enterprise is available as an annual subscription in four different service tiers. The highest level, Platinum, contains components such as enterprise server software, network monitoring and advisory services, and enterprise-class production support.

All tiers will be able to take advantage of new automated functions that help users perform database tuning, troubleshooting, security planning, upgrade and patch installation, scripting, coding, and migration.

“Customers have been saying, ‘Give us any database you like; our problem is in managing them,'” MySQL Chief Executive Marten Mickos said. “So we decided to address it.”

Mickos said other vendors have been blinded by feature discussions, and that has led to feature-rich database applications that lack extensive, automated management functionality.

“We need features, and they’re important, but at the end of the day, the real issue is how you manage and monitor databases,” he said.

The company cites a recent report from Forrester Research, based in Cambridge, Mass., noting that automation of database administration functions can help reduce complexity, improve productivity, lower costs and minimize human errors. Forrester estimated that enterprises can save at least 15 percent in costs with a reduced administration option, and up to 20 percent with an open-source database.

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