Innodb/XtraDB tables do benefit from being reorganized often. You can get data physically laid out in primary key order as well as get better feel for primary key and index pages and so using less space,
it is just OPTIMIZE TABLE might not be best way to do it.
If you're running Innodb Plugin on Percona Server with XtraDB you get benefit of a great new feature - ability to build indexes by sort instead of via insertion. This process can be a lot faster, especially for large indexes which would get inserts in very random order, such as indexes on UUID column or something similar. It also produces a lot better fill factor. The problem is.... OPTIMIZE TABLE for Innodb tables does not get advantage of it for whatever reason.
Lets take a look at little benchmark I done by running OPTIMIZE for a second time on a table[Read more...]