Oracle has confirmed that the latest update to MySQL has reached general availability, meaning database administrators around the world can now take advantage of a range of new features and functionalities.
MySQL 5.6 is said to offer higher performance, scalability, reliability and manageability compared with the previous version of what is the world's most popular open-source database management tool.
Oracle stated the new build will improve the agility of the platform, with administrators able to make use of functionalities such as subquery optimisations, better condition handling, online Data Definition Language operations and NoSQL access to InnoDB.
Tomas Ulin, vice-president of MySQL Engineering, explained the MySQL Release Candidate received positive feedback from the community and this has helped Oracle mature the technology efficiently in order to bring it to general availability.
He added: "The new features and enhancements that MySQL 5.6 delivers further demonstrate Oracle's investment in driving MySQL innovation, making MySQL a fantastic fit for today's most demanding web, cloud and embedded application requirements."
Highlights of the MySQL 5.6 release noted by Oracle include better query execution times and diagnostics due to an enhanced MySQL Optimiser.
An improved InnoDB storage engine also results in greater performance throughput and application availability, with boosts of up to 230 per cent being seen in transactional and read only throughput.
New features in MySQL replication include self-healing replication clusters, while Crash-Safe Replication enables the binary log and slaves to automatically recover correct positions in the replication stream in case of a crash.
Carl Olofson, research vice-president for Database Management and Data Integration Software at International Data Corporation, added that the new release demonstrates Oracle's "ongoing commitment" to the MySQL community.
He added: "These are significant advances in MySQL technology, enabling this open source RDBMS to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its large and growing body of users."