MySQL is very popular with small organizations and many users of web applications but it is too slow for many larger operations. “WebScaleSQL is a collaboration among engineers from several companies that face similar challenges in running MySQL at scale, and seek greater performance from a database technology tailored for their needs.
Our goal in launching WebScaleSQL is to enable the scale-oriented members of the MySQL community to work more closely together in order to prioritize the aspects that are most important to us. We aim to create a more integrated system of knowledge-sharing to help companies leverage the great features already found in MySQL 5.6, while building and adding more features that are specific to deployments in large scale environments. In the last few months, engineers from all four companies have contributed code and provided feedback to each other to develop a new, more unified, and more collaborative branch of MySQL.”
Enter WebScaleSQL, a collaborative tweak to Oracle’s as-issued “community” MySQL release.
No this is not a guy working in the basement of his mother’s home… These guys are heavy hitters like Google and FaceBook who already do a lot and who want to share the cost and share the creativity of their staff to do better. This is how FLOSS (other software too) should be done, Oracle… Instead of the world being limited by the imagination of one organization, the world can and does make better software by cooperating instead of hiding the work and restricting input. Instead of trying to get one database/data-structure to do everything, the world can use what works best and if it doesn’t exist, create it. It’s all good.
See WebScaleSQL | "We're Gonna Need A Bigger Database".
See also, their FAQ.