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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-10-27 Print this article Print

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."
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.
"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-source—perhaps 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 for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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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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