Open-source database software solution MySQL is viewed by some ITs as kind of PITA to monitor. And I don’t mean the bread.
The issue is that this monitoring must either be performed semi-manually- not a practical solution for SMBs. Even at larger companies with a budget to hire for this skill set, the talent pool of extraordinarily skillful MySQL admins is relatively small. And bless their hearts, those skilled in the heart can demand top $$$$$.
Now, help is on the way. That’s according to China Martens of the IDG News Service.
Due in the December 2006-February 2007 time frame, the solution is code-named Merlin. It operates via a foundation of 50 MySQL database “rules.”
We learn that Merlin will be a server-based database monitoring and advisory service. It will operate by continually scanning a user’s MySQL database network for funky stuff such as security vulnerabilities, bottlenecks, and (arggh) system crashes.
Currently, Merlin is being beta-tested at some 24 customer sites. When it graduates from that phase, it will be bundled into the MySQL Network subscription service.