Oracle has released a framework that allows multiple copies of the MySQL database to work in tandem, making it easier for organizations to easily run live backup databases and scale MySQL across multiple servers. "The Fabric manages a farm of MySQL servers," said Tomas Ulin, Oracle vice president of MySQL engineering. The open-source MySQL Fabric is part of the MySQL Utilities 1.4.3 package, released last week Tuesday. MySQL is increasingly being used for high-traffic Web applications that many people now see as mission critical, which led Oracle to add MySQL Fabric to the package. "We're expecting the Web should always work, and this has implications of the back-end," Ulin said. In particular, the rise of NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and add-on MySQL products from companies such as Percona have heated up the competition in the Web database space, Ulin said. Work on MySQL Fabric came about, in part, to keep MySQL abreast of these developments.