MySQL to be supported by Oracle?
this insightful article, Matthew Aslett notes that Oracle is
considering supporting MySQL, using their "unbreakable" concept of
providing support for open source products, most notably Oracle's
Aslett notes that it will be a
"first" for a proprietary database company to embrace an open source
"Here are just two things of
note: Oracle has suggested it will offer support for the MySQL
code, undercutting the company, and Oracle is already
distributing the open source database management system. . .
the competitive threat, Mickos is
unmoved. “I hope they do that,” he said,
noting that it would be seen as an
endorsement of the open source database,
and revealing that Oracle has already
inadvertently endorsed the product."
and MySQL VP, notes that MySQL offers good support as well: "We're
really not worried about Oracle supporting MySQL as Marten said. It
would be an endorsement of the open source DB movement, which just
makes us stronger in may ways.":
Unlimited Site Agreements Now Available for the Cost of a Single
CPU of Oracle Enterprise
Open Source Vendor Continues to Disrupt Traditional Enterprise
Sales Models with All-You-Can-Eat Database Subscriptions for
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- January 30, 2007 -- MySQL AB, developer of
the world's most popular open source database, today unveiled a
simpler way for large and growing organizations to acquire and
adopt enterprise software.
Designed with a customer's perspective in mind, a one-year MySQL
Enterprise Unlimited subscription offers a company-wide
enterprise site agreement at the unprecedented low price of
$40,000 (EUR 32,000, GBP 24,000).
"MySQL Enterprise has made it significantly easier to purchase
database software and technical support for our entire
organization," said Glenn Bergeron, systems manager for
Instaclick Inc., one of the first companies to take advantage of
MySQL Enterprise Unlimited. "This new offering is ideal for
corporate IT organizations with a growing number of projects but
a tightly-fixed budget."
MySQL Enterprise Unlimited is designed for companies with
existing site licenses for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase
and IBM DB2. Last year, a survey of the Independent Oracle User
Group showed that a full third of its membership also used MySQL
(1). With a MySQL Enterprise Unlimited subscription, an
organization can develop, manage and fully support any number of
MySQL database applications -- significantly reducing IT time,
cost and risk.
"Due in large part to advantages in distribution and volume,
open source has the ability to disrupt traditional enterprise
software pricing," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst for
RedMonk. "MySQL is attempting to prove as much with its latest
site wide agreements, which offer customers the ability to
support every database across their enterprise at a fraction of
the traditional cost."
In the past year, MySQL AB has experienced record growth in its
enterprise subscription business. In the fourth quarter, the
company launched its new MySQL Enterprise offering, a
comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive
monitoring tools, and premium support services. [See today's
related press release, "MySQL AB Completes Record Year".]"