SNAP Innovation Announces Plans for a Scalable BLOB Streaming Architecture for MySQL

    HAMBURG, Germany, April 23 /CNW/ - SNAP Innovation GmbH, makers of the
PrimeBase XT (PBXT) storage engine for MySQL; has announced plans to lead the
development of a scalable BLOB streaming architecture for MySQL, the popular
open source database.
    The new technology will transform MySQL into a scalable media server
capability of streaming pictures, films, MP3 files and other binary and text
objects (BLOBs) directly in and out of the database. The implementation calls
for a specialized stream orientated protocol along side the standard MySQL
client/server protocol. The system will provide scale-out capabilities in
order to handle the most demanding throughput requirements.
    Although SNAP has specifically designed the PBXT engine to handle this
type of data efficiently, the new system will be open, providing BLOB
streaming functionality for all engines that plug into the MySQL multi-engine
    "We are excited about this development and welcome this new expansion of
the MySQL ecosystem. The Scalable BLOB Streaming Architecture will provide
users of MySQL with another alternative way of storing and delivering large
data objects like multimedia files inside the MySQL Server. MySQL AB is glad
to support this project and encourages its users to participate and support
SNAP in the ongoing development process", said Kaj Arno, Vice President of
Community Relations at MySQL.
    SNAP is now looking towards the MySQL community and would like to involve
as many potential users and contributors as possible. "The project is in the
early design stage, so the requirements of those that get involved now can
significantly influence the outcome", said Paul McCullagh, CTO of SNAP
Innovation. "We will be doing the main work, but we really want to include as
many people from the community as possible. Particularly in the development of
the client side connectors for languages like PHP, Ruby or Java".
    Official kick-off for the scalable BLOB streaming project is the MySQL
Conference & Expo 2007, in Santa Clara, California, April 23. - 27. SNAP will
be providing more details of the project during the conference week.

    Related Links

    Scalable BLOB Streaming Home Page (

    SNAP Innovation GmbH Home Page (

    MySQL AB Home Page (

    PBXT Home Page (

    MySQL Conference 2007 Home Page (

    BLOB Streaming Session at the Conference

    About SNAP Innovation GmbH

    SNAP Innovation GmbH was founded in February 1996 in Hamburg, Germany,
and currently has 28 employees. Today SNAP focuses on the development and
distribution of client/server database technology, but also on the sales,
support and integration of database centric publishing systems.
    To this end, SNAP works with a number of national and international
companies all over Europe and in the United States. SoftCare (Germany),
Managing Editors (USA), Merlin (Germany), AO International (Belgium), Sinedita
(Italy) and Vertical Systems (Sweden) are among them. Together with its
partners, SNAP has provided solutions for various companies in the print
publishing sector, including publishing group Milchstrasse, KircherBurkhardt
Berlin, De Lloyd N.V. (Antwerp), Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.
    PrimeBase and PBXT are trademarks of SNAP Innovation GmbH MySQL is a
registered trademark of MySQL AB in the United States and other countries.
Other names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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