MySQL: A Last-Resort Sale?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-23 Print this article Print

MySQL: A Last-Resort Sale?

Oracle will use MySQL as a last-resort sale, one man said.

"They'll dangle it out there as a final option, only if they cannot sell Oracle DB in some form," the developer said. "Then they'll come back in a year or two and try to upgrade you to Oracle 12, or whatever version they're on now.

"I don't think you'll be seeing them put any enterprise features into MySQL, you can bet on that."

Another MySQL admin said he thought having the financial backing of Oracle for the open-source database was good because Sun's finances were "kind of iffy."

"The main thing, I think now, is this: OK, so we have Oracle DB and MySQL now on the same side. That's a good team-up to fight against Microsoft SQL!" he said.

Roger Burkhardt, president and CEO of Ingres-a longtime MySQL and SQL competitor-said in an e-mail to eWEEK that "Oracle wants the Solaris operating system, and they want to control Sun's Java assets to compete with the strength of Microsoft's development ecosystem.

"The MySQL database and Glassfish Application Server come free with the package, and Oracle won't allow them to cannibalize the license revenues from their core database and WebLogic application server business," Burkhardt wrote.

"Glassfish/MySQL will be positioned as developer offerings that provide an easy 'on-ramp' to production use of Oracle's proprietary offerings. Customers won't see the long-term investments required to create a competitive enterprise-class mission and are likely to see MySQL make even more use of proprietary Oracle interfaces and management tools."

The bottom line to all of this? One DB admin at the conference had the absolute last word.

"It all depends on [Oracle founder and CEO] Larry [Ellison]. He's just going to do what he wants to do, anyway," he said with a smile.

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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