I find it surprising that in the official Sun Announcement there is no mention of MySQL for two reasons. Firstly, this was Sun largest single purchase of $1 billion only 12 months ago. Second, MySQL’s largest competitor is Oracle.
While the Sun website shows the news in grandeur, the MySQL website is noticeably absent in any information of it’s owners’ acquisition.
On my professional side, as an independent speaker for Sun Microsystems with plans for upcoming webinars and future speaking on “Best Practices in Migrating to MySQL from Oracle”, this news does not benefit my bottom line.
Its in the FAQ. I have cited it in my posting http://blog.ulf-wendel.de/?p=224 . The FAQ is at http://www.oracle.com/sun/sun-faq.pdf .
Q: What does Oracle plan to do with MySQL?
A: MySQL will be an addition to Oracle’s existing suite of database products, which already includes Oracle Database 11g, TimesTen, Berkeley DB open source database, and the
MySQL isn’t the largest competitor because Oracle is playing on a whole different league. MySQL is only a grain of sand.
Why would the MySQL Website have to parrot the announcement? It’s on the Sun web site, that should be sufficient.
Arjen Lentz says
I disagree with the competitor thing, I wrote about this last month: http://openquery.com/blog/on-oracle-and-mysql-enterprise-suitability-and-sense
The fact that you take clients away from another product/service does not mean you’re a competitor. In fact, it’s much more effective if you’re not.