Identity Manager and MySQL

So, welcome to the MySQL team; there is a tidal wave of blogs and stories, so won't go into 4-part harmony analysis what it means (its a good thing, just as everyone says). But I  did want to add about what it means for Sun Identity manager and the use of MySQL as the repository. 

Sun IdM 7.X has supported MySQL as a repository for development environments only. Now that we own MySQL, how will that change?

Well, the short answer is, in the near term, no change in position.  The problem occurs when scaling MySQL to large scale deployments. Over 8 CPUs, MySQL has thread contention problems and the scaling drops off.  As IdM uses a blobby, object oriented type database, with quite a bit of system information kept in XML snippets, our developers were noticing some problems when they tried to stress the database.  And at the time (close to a year ago), Sun did not have a formal support agreement with MySQL, so they would not give it the thumbs up to put in production. Development would be supported by Sun, but production support would be withheld until we could be sure we could get solid support from the MySQL team to possibly address customer problems.

Well, that was then and this is now.  We bought MySQL just so we could help them solve this type of support problem that has been keeping many large customers from large scale deployments in production. Now, we will own the support problems(lucky us ;-) ).

So I am confident we will solve this problem and certify MySQL across the board for IdM. But the ink is still drying on the acquisition  agreement. Give us some time to weld the technical and support teams together.  Until then, even though MySQL is now a Sun product, we will leave things the way they are (development support only) until we get things up and supported.
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