MySQL making inroads into traditional Oracle market
Guy Kawasaki, a brilliant fellow who writes for Forbes, recently
interviewed Marten Mickos of MySQL and got some interesting insights
into MySQL vs. Oracle and notes that the Oracle FAQ runs MySQL:
Question: Do you compete head to head with
Oracle or do you have different customers?
Most new companies and new projects within
existing companies are choosing open source infrastructure such
as the LAMP stack. We don’t see competition there.
We focus on the new applications and
services that are being built for the online world: Web2.0, SaaS,
and SOA but also new forms of datawarehouses and business apps.
Our customers look for reliability, performance, scalability,
and ease of deployment. They don’t look for overly complex
products that take days or weeks to get going and cost
That’s why YouTube, Craigslist, Flickr,
Habbo Hotel, LiveJournal, Technorati, Second Life, Trulia,
FeedBurner, and Right Now are our customers and not Oracle’s. We
believe the market we have chosen is the fastest growing part of
the DBMS market. . . .
Even the Oracle
FAQ runs on MySQL ().
Info World, Guy Kawasaki continues his insights on Oracle vs.
Having said this, Marten later riffs on this idea in a
Think about the market-leading DBMS company [Oracle]. They have
50,000 paid employees who are working hard to keep their product
competitive. We have 50,000 product downloads per day. This
means that 50,000 human beings who tinker with our product every
day. These people have ideas, suggestions, praises, complaints
and although not all of them send us emails every day, the good
stuff tends to find its way to the core MySQL team.
That's a great correlation. For every Oracle employee, MySQL
gets a download each day. Even if I'm right and most of these
MySQL "employees" don't contribute anything back, arguably at
least as many MySQL pseudo-employees do as the Oracle employees
who aren't coding because they're too busy contributing code or
resumes to MySQL. (Just joking, Mr. Ellison! :-)
Guy also has some
insights into Oracle, in his article titled "The Top Ten Lies of
Entrepreneurs", noting that it can be a great mistake to
underestimate Oracle Corporation:
LIE - “Oracle is too big/dumb/slow to be a threat.”
Larry Ellison has his own jet. He can keep the San Jose Airport
open for his late night landings. His boat is so big that it can
barely get under the Golden Gate Bridge. Meanwhile,
entrepreneurs are flying on Southwest out of Oakland and
stealing the free peanuts.
There's a reason why Larry is where he is, and entrepreneurs are
where they are, and it's not that he's big, dumb, and slow.
Competing with Oracle, Microsoft, and other large companies is a
very difficult task. Entrepreneurs who utter this lie look at
best naive. You think it's bravado, but venture capitalists
think it's stupidity.