MySQL Answers SAP Open Source Call With MaxDB

At Comdex on Monday, MySQL AB showcased its the SAP-certified MaxDB 7.5, a new part of its database product line offerings.

Extending its open source reach toward increasingly complex application environments, MySQL AB has added the SAP-certified MaxDB to its database product line repertoire.

The Swedish company introduced MaxDB, earmarked to complement MySQL database, at Comdex Las Vegas 2003 on Monday. MaxDB is targeted at large installations of the mySAP enterprise resource planning suite and other multifaceted application deployments impeded by performance and scalability obstacles, according to MySQL officials.

MySQL, of Uppsala, Sweden, took over development of SAPs open-source database, SAP DB, last May. Officials at SAP, of Walldorf, Germany, said they took the step in part to tap into a larger developer community for the database software.

"Customers have asked us to come up with an enterprise DB, now they have it," said MySQL Chief Executive Marten Mickos.

MaxDB 7.5, as the software is being called to mirror the version numbering of SAP DB, supports all SAP solutions and is available for the Windows and Linux platforms. New features such as snapshots, archive tables, and MaxDB replication are key enhancements MySQL has incorporated into the re-branded and former SAP DB.

To promote interoperability and allow SAP users to build new applications as well as transfer data between MaxDB and MySQL databases, MySQL has also released an alpha development version of a MySQL Proxy program.

"We have made [MaxDB and MySQL] interoperable so you can move data between the two," Mickos SAID. "Were providing a path for people to use them in concert or form applications from one to another."

A MaxDB commercial license is priced at $49 per user on single-CPU systems with a minimum of five users. Customers can also choose to pay $1,490 per CPU.