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Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space
Posted by: Harrison Fisk ()
Date: May 20, 2005 07:12PM


MySQL is definitely starting to grow quite a bit in the DW/BI market. It does have some presence already, but I suspect it will continue to grow in the future as well. An example of an existing DW is Cox Communications, read for more info. MySQL AB actually offers a training course designed about DW aspects now as well.

One thing that has been an issue, and finally is starting to fall into place, is external vendor support. Many people are very big on using the market leading tools for ETL, BI, etc... (of course with good reason). As more vendors, such as Business Objects and others, start supporting MySQL, you will see many more users for this reason.

MySQL does have some aspects which are very well suited to DW applications. One big thing is the MyISAM storage engine. This is a non-transactional storage type designed for data warehousing/heavy read/bulk loading type applications. It is extremely fast for loading in huge amounts of data and building large indexes. Also other things such as MERGE tables (similar to partitioning, since native partitioning won't be here till MySQL 5.1), work very well in DW applications.

As for the forum itself, it is quite new, having only been around for a few months. I'm sure that the number of posts will increase as word spreads about them.

As for features, what types of things would you like to see in a database for DW? Obviously MySQL doesn't have nearly the gigantic feature set as traditional vendors, such as Oracle or DB2, so I am curious what other specific things you are looking for in a DW database.

Harrison Fisk, Trainer and Consultant

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Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 4333 Harrison Fisk 05/20/2005 07:12PM
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Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 3112 Edwin DeSouza 05/23/2005 06:40PM
Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 3238 Peter Nolan 05/24/2005 02:44AM
Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 2958 Edwin DeSouza 05/23/2005 06:42PM
Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 3147 Harrison Fisk 05/24/2005 06:31PM
Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 3016 Peter Nolan 05/25/2005 01:40AM
Re: MySQL in the BI/DW space 3136 Harrison Fisk 05/25/2005 01:26PM
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