MySQL—the new upstream contender?

A Calgary-based startup plans to leverage the Open Source database and public data model.

CleanDB, Brian Marshall’s Calgary-based startup has set out to port the Public Petroleum Data Model (PPDM) to the Open Source MySQL database. Marshall told Oil IT Journal, “When I joined PPDM in May, members could download scripts to create PPDM databases using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server. Because I believe that MySQL is going to become more important, I have made scripts to create a PPDM database using MySQL available on the PPDM website.” Marshall claims that MySQL is much simpler to run than Oracle and asks less of DBAs. Marshall is currently working on porting the Oracle stored-procedures that do referential integrity checking in a PPDM database.


Recent announcements by major IT players should dispel any doubts that MySQL is becoming a force to be reckoned with. MySQL AB has just announced a strategic alliance with SGI to provide the MySQL database on the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters. MySQL AB and SGI are cooperating on engineering optimization, marketing and sales for the Intel Itanium 2-based Altix 3000 supercluster running MySQL on Linux to power heavy-load, high-performance database applications.

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