October 23, 2011

Schooner pivots further

Schooner Information Technology started out as a complete-system MySQL appliance vendor. Then Schooner went software-only, but continued to brag about great performance in configurations with solid-state drives. Now Schooner has pivoted further, and is emphasizing high availability, clustered performance, and other hardware-agnostic OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) features. Fortunately, Schooner has some interesting stuff in those areas to talk about.

The short form of the SchoonerSQL (as Schooner’s product is now called) story goes roughly like this:

Just to be clear here: Schooner is my client. Code Futures is my client. I introduced them and suggested their partnership. I then introduced them both to a user client, who was sufficiently impressed to seriously evaluate both of them. Even so, some of the Schooner replication story only became clear to me when I visited last Friday.

To flesh that out a bit more:

At least in casual conversation, Schooner synthesizes its 1.5-2X single-server figure and up-to-3X clustering figure into a single claim of frequent 2-5X speedup over generic MySQL/InnoDB. But the usual caveats about vendor-supplied performance numbers of course apply.

Finally, some housekeeping:

*I mean that non-facetiously. Schooner’s MySQL OEM contract was such that Oracle didn’t have a legal hammer to force the change. Edit: Whoops! There turn out to have been inaccuracies in the original version of this footnote, which I now regret writing. The contract isn’t exactly OEM, and there actually were some trademark-based legal hammers.


3 Responses to “Schooner pivots further”

  1. Transparent relational OLTP scale-out | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on October 23rd, 2011 11:19 pm

    […] favorite relational OLTP scale-out choice these days is the SchoonerSQL/dbShards partnership. Schooner Information Technology (SchoonerSQL) and Code Futures (dbShards) are young, small […]

  2. Doug Henschen on November 1st, 2011 11:48 am

    As a sailor and nautical buff, I should point out that schooners tack or jibe, they don’t pivot. ;->

  3. Curt Monash on November 1st, 2011 12:50 pm

    So you’re taking the tack that my terminology doesn’t jibe with nautical usage?

    Then belay that idiom!

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