REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- -- Innobase OY, a subsidiary of Oracle, today announced the latest version of InnoDB, the leading transactional storage engine for the MySQL open source database. -- The InnoDB Plug-in 1.0 for MySQL 5.1 adds advanced capabilities to InnoDB, the popular, fast, reliable, and proven storage engine for MySQL including: * Fast index creation, which allows indexes to be added or dropped much more quickly than previously, without copying existing data; * Data compression, which can help significantly reduce storage and Input/Output (I/O) requirements, improving throughput at a modest cost in CPU processing; * A new row storage format, which can improve performance and efficiency of clustered indexes using "off-page" storage for long BLOB, TEXT, and VARCHAR columns; * File format management, which protects upward and downward compatibility of databases across versions of InnoDB. -- The new "Barracuda" file format introduced in this release, along with accompanying features, enables improved performance, reliability, flexibility and ease of use for InnoDB users. -- The InnoDB Plug-in can be installed ("plugged in") into an existing environment using the MySQL "pluggable storage architecture". -- The InnoDB Plug-in can be used with existing databases, and newly created databases can be used with the standard, built-in InnoDB as distributed by MySQL. -- MySQL 5.1 users can immediately move to the latest InnoDB release without waiting for the next release of MySQL. -- An early adopter version of InnoDB Plug-in for MySQL 5.1 is available under the GPL open source license and can be downloaded for free at http://www.innodb.com/support/downloads/. -- Innobase also announced the immediate availability of a new on-line forum at forums.innodb.com where users and developers can discuss InnoDB, obtain and provide support for using the InnoDB Plug-in as well as InnoDB Hot Backup. -- Innobase is a MySQL Enterprise Platinum partner, participant in the MySQL Certified Storage Engine Program and Gold Sponsor of the MySQL Conference and Expo, April 14-17 in Santa Clara. Supporting Quotes -- "Innobase is committed to InnoDB users and to the continued innovation of this advanced transactional storage engine for MySQL," said Heikki Tuuri, the founder of Innobase and chief architect of InnoDB. "Innobase is providing immediate access to the latest release of InnoDB, the most popular solution for MySQL, to allow users to quickly leverage the features and enhancements they have helped drive." -- "Oracle continues to actively contribute to, enhance, and support a wide range of open source software," said Monica Kumar, senior director Linux and Open Source Product Marketing, Oracle. "The latest release of InnoDB further demonstrates Oracle's commitment to the open source community." Supporting Resources -- More about InnoDB: http://www.innodb.com, http://www.innodb.com/innodb/ -- Oracle & Open Source: http://www.oracle.com/technologies/open-source/index.html Oracle's Additional Open Source Contributions -- Oracle continues to invest significant resources in open source projects and technologies. Key Oracle contributions include: * Linux -- http://www.oracle.com/technologies/linux/index.html * Oracle Validated Configurations -- http://tinyurl.com/muthn. * Eclipse -- http://oss.oracle.com/oracle-eclipse-projects.html * PHP Development -- http://www.oracle.com/technologies/php/index.html * Open Source Tooling -- http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/developer-tools/index.html * Open Source Database -- http://www.oracle.com/database/berkeley-db.html About Oracle Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, please visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO) Trademarks Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.