Video: State of the Dolphin: O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2011 - O'Reilly Conferences, April 11 - 14, 2011, Santa Clara, CA
same video @ YouTube
Podcast: State of the Dolphin @ IT Conversations
MySQL is alive and kicking...
Among other improvements, they have integrated a simple memcached interface, as well as LDAP interface, directly to data storage layer, skipping SQL.
So the same data are available through SQL and other, cached and faster, interfaces... Clever!
MySQL-Memcached or NOSQL Tokyo Tyrant – part 1