Yesterday’s WebScaleSQL announcement marks yet another win for collaboration and openness. It opens up a treasure chest of database innovations built by the Internet leaders in order to scale their services to hundreds of millions of users. While some code was available earlier, the commitments made now ensure higher levels of quality and greater ease of access.
There was an exciting announcement today about WebScaleSQL, the new "branch" (not a fork, they say!) of MySQL created by folks from MySQL engineering teams at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. They've collaborated to bring together improvements to MySQL that they've found to be useful for the gigantic scale they work with. WebScaleSQL is based on MySQL 5.6.16 and building it is very easy.