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The future of MySQL with Oracle

MySQLFrom the time the news that Oracle was going to acquire Sun there has been much debate on what this would mean for MySQL. Today Edward Screven, Oracle’s chief corporate architect, revealed the future of MySQL in a keynote at The O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo 2010. The simple message was:

MySQL matters to Oracle.

Prior to this keynote mister Screven told Reuters:

We are increasing our investment in MySQL… on every front.

Oracle is already the biggest player in the database market. With Microsoft’s SQL Server as the target for MySQL, Oracle believes it can boost it’s sales. From this perspective MySQL gives Oracle an entry to other parts of the market. While on an other aspect Oracle has improve the relation with Microsoft, since it’s Operating System Windows is the number-one destination for MySQL downloads! While Linux is the number-one OS for deployments.

InfoWorld also had an interview with Edward Screven before the keynote. Here are some quotes from the InfoWorld interview:

MySQL has some properties that Oracle does not,It’s small, it’s easy to install. It’s easy for developers to get going with it.

And on the open source community edition:

I don’t see foresee any substantial changes from how MySQL AB or Sun made the distinction [between what was in the community and commercial editions]. I expect that core features will end up in community edition. There will be some value-add, like monitoring or backup, that make sense in the enterprise edition.


It would be a mistake for us to starve the community edition because that would impinge upon the ubiquity of MySQL.

The MySQL community now includes several forks of the MySQL core tool like MariaDB and Drizzle. Both produced by ex-MySQL employees. These are experimenting with different data storage engines and other enhancements.

I think it will be hard for those guys to create a forked product with the kind of commercial support that our customers need for production applications. We’re really focused on ensuring that MySQL becomes a better product and appeals to our customers. What we’re fundamentally selling here is support.

Sources: Reuters and InfoWorld

Other Sources

  • The Register: Oracle drops top architect into MySQL skeptic zone
  • The Wall Street Journal: Here’s proof we’ll improve MySQL

Oracle gets Sun Microsystems (and MySQL for free)

Not to long ago Oracle tried to acquire MySQL, and Sun got away with the prize. Few years earlier, actually in 2005, Oracle acquired InnoDB. This was seen as an effort to lower the valuation of MySQL by removing one of it´s primary storage engines. Which (under the assumption that the valuation of Sun wasn´t raised to much after they got MySQL) succeeded in the end, since they got MySQL in the package.
Anyway for MySQL adapts the good news is that MySQL probably will stay open source according to a founding developer of WordPress.


As with any merger a lot of questions will be raised that can be answered in the following months (or years). Will Oracle continue with multiple JVMs? Both acquisition of BEA and Sun brought one into the company.
Same goes for application servers… Oracle had one, bought one with BEA, and one with Sun. Oracle favored WebLogic over OC4J. But will Glassfish remain in the portfolio?

However most worrying point for Oracle´s customers will be how this will effect release dates of (long) promised features, and bug fixes. Just like the integration effort after the acquisition of BEA is doing right now…

And what has MS got to do with it…

Did I already mention that Oracle now has also acquired Open Office. This means that these two rivals have created a new field to play the battle of giants.

Update June 8th, 2009 Sun´s special stockholder meeting to vote on the adoption of the merger agreement is scheduled for July 16, 2009.