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  • by scot (6695) on 2007.04.25 15:24 (#54665) Homepage Journal
    The IW article notes that "Google uses the MySQL open source relational database internally for some applications that aren't search related." So it's not like this is a huge deal for Google as a whole. Also from the IW story; "its engineers are keen to improve the code by making their improvements publicly available.

    "We think MySQL is a fantastic data storage solution, and as our projects push the requirements for the database in certain areas, we've made changes to enhance MySQL itself, mainly in the areas of high availability and manageability," said Google engineer Mark Callaghan in a blog post. " It sounds to me like the engineers working on this wanted to get some publicity(maybe since they seem to be working in one of the non-critical areas of the company), and just about any press release from Google seems to get a lot of attention...

    • So it's not like this is a huge deal for Google as a whole.

      While certainly Google's bread and butter, search isn't their only product though. Groups, gmail, news, maps, etc. All have a substantial amount of data with a substantial amount of users.