Discover what a database engine is, what exactly are the merits of the InnoDB engine and why it's gaining a huge amount of worldwide popularity.
InnoDB is a popular database engine for the MySQL relational database management system. It is an alternative to the default MyISAM engine and it has got a number of strengths which make it the preferred engine for a lot of open-source script-based applications, among them Joomla™ and Magento, which have moved to InnoDB permanently. For instance, importing huge volumes of data will be much faster with InnoDB, since it locks only a single row to carry out a specific task, not the entire database table, which makes the engine excellent for scalable apps. It also supports foreign keys and database transactions – these refer to the manner in which the information is treated. Put simply, adding new or updating existing data will either be fully completed, or will be aborted and the operation will be rolled back in case a certain issue occurs during the process, therefore the content that remains in the database will not be lost.
InnoDB in Cloud Hosting
While InnoDB is either not available or a paid upgrade with many other web hosting companies, it’s part of the default set of features that we’re offering with our cloud hosting plans. In case you want to use a PHP script-based web application that needs InnoDB in particular, in order to be activated and to work properly, you will not come across any impediments as the database engine is available on our in-house developed cloud hosting platform. Regardless of whether you set up a brand-new MySQL database and install an app manually or take advantage of our one-click app installer software tool, InnoDB will be selected automatically by our system as the default engine if the given application requires it instead of MyISAM. Besides the excellent crash recovery offered by InnoDB, we also maintain daily database backups, so that we can quickly recover any database in your shared account.