This actually happened a few weeks ago, but due to mixed up communication it wasn’t announced properly before, so here it is:
MySQL has now been upgraded to version 5.7!
We used to run on MySQL 5.6, which already did not receive any security updates anymore. Upgrading to MySQL 5.7 means our database servers are more secure.
Also, the MySQL 5.7 upgrade brings some exciting new features, including:
- Support for JSON columns
- Support for InnoDB storage engine
This means that any software that requires MySQL 5.7 can be used now too, like the latest Vanilla Forums and Flarum.
It’s not entirely clear whether foreign key support is available too. On one test account, it did appear to work, but I’m not sure if this is the case for all accounts.