Oracle Must Stop the Bleeding at Sun

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-01-21 Print this article Print

Roger Burkhardt, president and CEO of competing open source database Ingres, told eWEEK that "Oracle is going to reshape the MySQL business and channel it in ways that protects its proprietary software business and supports its move into hardware."

Evidence of this is already out there, Burkhardt said.

"MySQL has removed the migration assets from their Web site that would support a move from Oracle to MySQL. It was removed in recent weeks to reduce choice for their customers before the deal was approved or closed," Burkhardt said. "Oracle clearly wants to take no risk in cannibalizing their Oracle DBMS business, even though MySQL is a much less-capable product."

Burkhardt also said that he believes MySQL has stopped reselling and promoting other products based on MySQL that are competitive with Oracle's database offerings.

"The good news is there is a proven alternative to Oracle's database," Burkhardt said. "Ingres has the technology, migration tools, and global partners to support smooth migrations from proprietary databases to the benefits of open source ... Ingres customers are running mission critical applications in 59 countries."

The EC sanction basically saved Sun's skin, analysts say. Ellison said publicly last fall that Sun was losing about $100 million per month while the EC was doing its research.

"Right now, Sun is the equivalent of a patient excessively bleeding from a major artery," Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Brian Babineau told eWEEK. "Customers aren't purchasing their products because of the unknown.

"Oracle will make some statements about the unknown -- the most important from my perspective is its plans for My SQL -- but I really want to know how good of an ER doctor they will be.  Once they announce their plans, what actions are they going to take? Kill products, invest in products, integrate products with their own? They have to stop the bleeding."

Go here to read the EC's complete statement [various languages].

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional commentary from database industry sources.

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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