Continuing to drive MySQL innovation, Oracle announced the general availability of MySQL Fabric, an open source framework to manage farms of MySQL servers.

Available for download, this integrated and extensible system makes it easier to scale out or add high availability to MySQL applications.

Automatic failure detection and failover when used with MySQL Replication for high availability, including:
* Monitoring of the master database; if the server fails, MySQL Fabric selects one of the slave databases and promotes it to be the new master.
* Automatic routing of transactions to the current master and load-balancing of queries across slave databases. Topology and state of the servers are transparent to the application.
* Automated data sharding and re-sharding make it easier for development and operations, or DevOps, teams to manage the process. This enables users to:
* Allow tables to be sharded for scale-out of both reads and writes.
* Select which tables should be sharded and specify the columns to be used as sharding keys, including whether to use a HASH or RANGE based mapping.
* Move existing shards to new servers or split them into multiple shards.
For Extensions to PHP, Python and Java connectors allow transactions and queries to be routed directly to the correct MySQL Server, eliminating the extra latency caused by passing through a proxy.

“Many of the world’s largest websites and cloud-based applications rely on MySQL replication and sharding to deliver high availability and scalability,” says Tomas Ulin, vice-president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle.

“MySQL Fabric makes high availability with automatic failure detection and failover, as well as automated data sharding, accessible to all. With this integrated and open source framework, Oracle makes it easier to safely scale out MySQL applications, either on premises or in the cloud.”