MySQL Trims Pricing Model

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-05 Print this article Print

The open-source database maker is simplifying its enterprise pricing structure, offering a new one-price-fits-all licensing model of its flagship offering, MySQL Enterprise.

Open-source database maker MySQL is simplifying its enterprise pricing structure, offering a new one-price-fits-all licensing model of $40,000 per year for any number of installations of its flagship offering, MySQL Enterprise.

The $40,000 figure, announced Jan. 30, equals the cost of a single CPU license for Oracles Oracle Enterprise, a MySQL spokesperson said. MySQL has more than 10 million active installations of its open-source database, Executive Vice President Zack Urlocker said.

MySQL Enterprise Unlimited is designed for companies with existing site licenses for Oracle Enterprise, Microsofts SQL Server, Sybases Adaptive Server Enterprise and IBMs DB2. Last year, a survey of the International Oracle User Group showed that one-third of its membership also used MySQL.

"MySQL Enterprise has made it significantly easier to purchase database software and technical support for our entire organization," said Glenn Bergeron, systems manager for Ontario-based Instaclick, 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."

With a MySQL Enterprise Unlimited subscription, an organization can develop, manage and fully support any number of MySQL database applications, Urlocker said.

"Due in large part to advantages in distribution and volume, open source has the ability to disrupt traditional enterprise software pricing," said Stephen OGrady, principal analyst for RedMonk. "MySQL is attempting to prove as much with its latest sitewide agreements, which offer customers the ability to support every database across their enterprise at a fraction of the traditional cost."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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