Oracle adds commercial extensions to MySQL
Source: Oracle Oracle has announced the availability of commercial extensions for the MySQL database. These new extensions are only being added to the Enterprise Edition and will further differentiate the commercial edition from the community edition. Previously, the Enterprise Edition only included external tools, MySQL Enterprise Monitor and MySQL Enterprise Backup, as part of its package, but the new extensions are much more deeply integral to MySQL.
MySQL Enterprise Edition's Thread Pool, for example, will offer improved performance on 16-core or larger systems. Oracle says that according to it's internal OLTP benchmarking, performance can be increased by three to 20 times. Two high availability offerings, an Oracle VM Template and certified Windows Clustering support, are designed to either speed deployment or provide failover support. Finally, building on the pluggable authentication API introduced in MySQL 5.5, Oracle is adding modules for external authentication using PAM or Windows.