Production ready Drizzle by year end?
In an interview at Open Source World, Brian Aker, lead architect of the MySQL fork Drizzle has said he is hoping that the modular lightweight database will be ready for production by the year end. A milestone, dubbed "Bell" is approaching, and planned to arrive in December, which Aker hopes will be sufficiently "tightened up" that it can be tested for production readiness; "I think we are getting close to finishing up all the incompatible changes that we wanted to make".
The status of "production ready" is, according to Aker, the point when users upgrading between versions of Drizzle do not have to dump the old database contents and reload them into the new version with a new database. He noted that, although some companies have already got Drizzle in use in production systems, he considers the upgrade-in-place ability as essential, so he isn't prepared to call Drizzle production ready just yet. The full video of the interview, with Barton George, Dell's cloud computing ambassador, is available on Barton's blog.