MySQL 5.6 was made generally available as a production-ready solution earlier this month. This release comes about 2 years after MySQL 5.5 was released, but MySQL 5.6 contains improvements started long before that – for example, work on the Innodb Full Text Search project was started over 6 years ago, in addition with many optimizer and replication features. We’re happy to congratulate MySQL development team at Oracle with making this release happen.
In this blog post, I will not go into a features overview of MySQL 5.6. You can check out Release Notes for a good overview as well as many blog posts and articles written on this matter. Instead, I will tell you what is the current state of things with MySQL 5.6 at Percona.
In addition to Percona Server, Percona XtraDB Cluster, MariaDB, Amazon RDS for MySQL, Drizzle, and Oracle MySQL, MySQL 5.6 is fully supported by our MySQL Consulting, MySQL Support, MySQL Server Development, and MySQL Remote DBA teams:
From a product perspective, we’re working hard towards MySQL 5.6 integration with Percona Software.
The largest focus of our development effort is in getting the production version of Percona Server 5.6 released, followed by the Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 release. We’re very excited about the Percona Server 5.6 release which will contain all MySQL 5.6 features, as well as Percona’s additions and optimizations. MySQL 5.6 rolls many improvements which previously existed only in Percona Server into MySQL 5.6 mainline which means we will have less code to maintain and can focus on more valuable features and optimizations.
If you’re interested in learning more about MySQL 5.6, the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo is a great chance to do so. MySQL 5.6 will be well covered in talks, Birds of a Feather sessions, and hallway conversations.
As always, please check our blog on a regular basis for Percona product release announcements and to share our experience working with 5.6. In addition, you can subscribe to our new monthly technical newsletter, which conveniently summarizes all new software releases and popular blog posts. We are also scheduling many webinars focused on MySQL 5.6, including one I will be giving on March 6 called “MySQL 5.6 Advantages in a Nutshell.”
At Percona, we’re ready for MySQL 5.6! Are you? We can help!