Building Your Own Storage Engine
The MySQL pluggable architecture that enables the use of multiple storage engines is one of the most important features of the MySQL system. Many database professionals have refined advanced skills for tuning the logical structure of relational database systems to meet the needs of the data and their applications. With MySQL, database professionals can also tune the physical layer of their database systems by choosing the storage method that best optimizes the access methods for the database. That is a huge advantage over relational database systems that use only a single storage mechanism.1
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