SAP AGs open source

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-12-31 Print this article Print

database"> The release of MaxDB, once SAP AGs open-source, enterprise-level database, was a big deal for MySQL in 2003. Now that youve released it, whats the feedback? What are the plans on developing the next release? Mickos: MaxDB and the partnership with SAP are long-term undertakings, the full effects of which will be clearly visible over a number of years.
Already at this point, however, we see good results. Our existing customers are coming to us to get MaxDB, and the customers of SAP are increasingly running their new apps on MaxDB.
Click here to read about MySQLs release of MaxDB. We will continue to strengthen the interoperability between MaxDB and MySQL. In short, this allows customers to use MySQL when performance and ease of deployment are paramount, and MaxDB when feature-richness is paramount. And whenever it makes sense, data or entire applications can be moved from one database to the other. This allows customers to right-size their database installations and thereby save money. SAP AG has proven to be a great company to partner with. They are well-organized, committed and straightforward to communicate with. Despite the large size of SAP, the people are filled with an entrepreneurial spirit that you normally find only in small companies. Next page: User feedback is useful—whether its constructive criticism or flaming.

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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