From 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.
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.