ANTs Tries to Woo the Oracle-Phobic from MySQL

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-11-14 Print this article Print

The high-performance database company is pitching a half-off licensing deal to those spooked by Oracle's purchase of the MySQL-crucial storage engine InnoDB.

ANTs Software Inc., purveyor of the self-named high-performance database, is looking to lure MySQL users who are wary of Oracle Corp. applications in the wake of the database giants purchase of MySQL storage engine InnoDB. ANTs on Monday plans to announce that it has added support for MySQL in its most recent update. The update also now supports Informix databases and will be available on Monday. In addition, for a limited time, ANTs is offering a deal on MySQL licensing costs in which MySQL customers who migrate to ANTs Data Server will pay 50 percent of their current MySQL annual invoices.
The offer, called the ANTs QuickStart program, includes a full production version of the ANTs Data Server Enterprise Edition, full support, and product updates and upgrades.
The QuickStart program is otherwise priced at $1,995 per two-way server per year. The announcement brings the total number of major databases now supported by ADS 3.4 (ANTs Data Server 3.4) to six: MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Oracle TimesTen, SQL Server and Sybase. Click here to read about why Oracle may want to spur MySQLs growth, not hurt it. ADS 3.4 is now compatible with MySQL data types, functions and SQL extensions, allowing most MySQL applications to be ported quickly, without the major rewrites, retraining and costs typically associated with application migration, according to Cesar Rojas, senior marketing director. ANTs is looking to lure users off MySQL and Informix databases with the promise of cutting total cost of ownership, Rojas said. In addition, the company is targeting MySQL users who are leery of what might befall them in the wake of Oracle Corp.s purchase of InnoDB, a storage engine thats a pivotal piece of the MySQL database. "I think we have an alternative to customers concerned by the acquisition of InnoDB by Oracle," Rojas said. "They see the possibility for Oracle to increase the price moving forward after [MySQL] renews the [licensing] agreement with Oracle." On the Informix side, ANTs is also supporting data types, functions, stored procedures and triggers. Rojas referred to a Fortune 100 retailer that he declined to name but that has migrated 12,000 lines of database schema off Informix and onto ADS. To read about the long-awaited release of MySQL 5, click here. The retailer found 99.8 percent compatibility post-migration for the schema, Rojas said, adding that for stored procedures, the retailer again found 99.8 percent compatibility, for 22,000 lines of code. ADS 3.4 also now supports Microsoft .Net and heterogeneous replication to non-ANTs databases. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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