IBM discontinues development for MySQL storage engine, SolidDB

Big Blue no longer loves SolidDB. Is this good or bad for MySQL? Probably neither, though having an orphaned open-source storage engine won't be hugely beneficial.

Some among us (myself included) once worried that IBM was joining with Oracle to besiege MySQL when it acquired SolidDB, one of MySQL's primary storage engines. It turns out, however, that IBM didn't have such nefarious plans.

In fact, it didn't (or doesn't) have plans for SolidDB at all, announcing this week that it is discontinuing development of SolidDB and migrating the project to Sourceforge.

Is this good or bad for MySQL? Probably neither, though having an orphaned open-source storage engine won't be hugely beneficial to MySQL. Maybe IBM just got bored with the project, or maybe it didn't want to lend any assistance to MySQL's new parent, Sun Microsystems. Anyone have a good read on what this means for MySQL?

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