Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, said that the companys conservative release schedule has given the market the incorrect impression that the database lacks enterprise-class features that have, in fact, been used by some customers for months already. "Transaction capabilities have been in the production release for two years now," Mickos wrote in an e-mail exchange. The company is based in Uppsala, Sweden. "Stored procedures, triggers and views are in Version 5.0, which is out as alpha right now and will be in production release next year. Some of our customers have been writing stored procedures for 5.0 for several months already. "But you may remember that we tend to be conservative when it comes to releases, so we dont call it production release until it has been battle-tested by the community for a long time. Some of our customers put alpha and beta versions into production [already], though.""Perceptions and fears guide purchasing behaviors," he wrote. "We are growing faster than any other database company, but still there is a huge untapped market for us. Yes, we win new customers over every day as we demonstrate our ability to support them in their mission-critical applications. But there also are a number of companies who still have concerns regarding open-sourceperhaps because we have not spoken to them yet. Bit changes dont happen overnight." MySQL 4.1 runs on Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IBM AIX and other operating systems. Its available under a dual licensing model: either an open-source GPL license or a commercial license, which starts at $595 per server. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
As far as becoming the open-source database that will truly give commercial databases a run for their money in the RDBMS market, Mickos said that change is slow, but the company is steadily working on overcoming CIOs fears about open source in order to get the mindshare it needs.