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Catapult MySQL with Pogo Linux - page 4

Just Add MySQL and Stir Rapidly

  • September 25, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

Logan noted that Pogo Linux wants to stay with larger deployments. He also said that they are considering a scaled-down model of the product, because different customers have different needs.

The 2600 is a 2U form factor. Clients don't worry too much about size or space, they just want the best database performance and speed. A 1U model might handle a slightly smaller market player. Even smaller customers still want maximum MySQL performance. These clients would also benefit from the support. Support is big value add on and 1 year of MySQL support is bundled into the service contract.

"We hope to launch a smaller version of the server by the end of the year. We also hope to take what we learn from users and integrate it into an even better solution for the future," Logan said.

Most customers still need a support-based vendor for customization and niches, no matter which model they choose. They still need to be able to add and subtract components. Logan said the one problem with appliances was that they work very well for very specific applications. He also said that many smaller shops and businesses could get by with MySQL on a general purpose box and may not need the horsepower of a Pogo Linux solution.

On the question of whether Pogo Linux would offer another database appliance that used PostgreSQL or Oracle databases, Logan said that he didn't think so. He prefers to take a 'we do our appliance and they do theirs' stance. "PostgreSQL would compete directly with the DataWare and MySQL," he said. He also said that that Oracle wasn't an option either, because they [Oracle, Inc.] already are a strong contender in the top end of market.

The server appliance market is geared to very specialized areas that have extremely demanding software and hardware requirements. Large enterprise applications that need the absolute most from a customized solution are going to benefit from server appliances. Good examples are large e-commerce applications, specialized clusters, and demanding mission-critical data stores. Server appliances, such as the DataWare 2600 are ideal for these markets that need very specialized solutions.

Rob Reilly (aka: "Dr. Torque") is a Senior Technology Consultant, whose work includes Linux, business systems integration and R&D work for various clients. Rob's articles appear on LinuxToday.com and in PC Update Magazine. He frequently gives talks on his experience in the high technology, manufacturing and utilities industries. He is always 'on-the-lookout' for stories and projects that focus on Linux, business and new technology. Send him a note or visit his web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.

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