MySql could be killed by Oracle

Sun acquired MySql now Oracle are trying to acquire Sun, this could be bad for companies that use MySql. It seems likely Oracle will kill off MySQL by starving it of resource in order to protect it’s current database products.

So if you are using Microsoft Sql Server and have a big smug smile on your face I would urge you to think about what Microsoft’s reaction to the death of MySql will be. Ask yourself would they be offering all the free / low cost versions of Sql Server if MySql had not been around as a viable alternative?

It looks like the only hope is the EC who are worried about the effect Oracle buying Sun will have on competitivness in the market place, if this effects you read the blog post linked to at the top of this post it advises you what you can do about this.

6 thoughts on “MySql could be killed by Oracle”

  1. I think the traditional database era as we know it is nearing its end anyways, so I say "does not matter!".
    Welcome to the new and brave database in the cloud world!

  2. From a technical point of view and when talking about systems that are being created now and in the coming years I would agree.
    For large enterprise systems that have already made a huge investment in relational databases the cost of re-writing them to use Cloud will be prohibitive, companies in this situtation may have to suck it up and pay higher licence fees to MS / Oracle. This is really a commmercial issue not a technical one.

  3. I do not think rewriting will be necessary. For example MS understands this as being an issue and will provide tools to migrate.
    Developers on the other hand, if properly educated suppose to create a DAL using the Adapter pattern this way the db becomes transparent.
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  4. Great link for AZURE resources by the way, I have forwarded it to our developers 🙂

    I can’t say I agree with you on how easy it will be to rewrite existing applications. If you want to leverage Azure for large scale systems then you have to address some fundamental differences between Sql Server’s relational model and the Azure’s DataTables. Vishwas Lele appeared on dotnet rocks and gave an account of porting an existing application from Asp.Net & Sql Server to Azure –
    Rewriting the DAL does not solve the problem of contstructing your new Data Storage within Azure. Currently the only quick and easy way of doing this is to use Sql Azure but this is not designed to scale as there is is a limit of 10Gb and using this type of storage is expensive.

  5. Thank you for your reply, however the link provided appears dead.
    I do not remember what study it was, but I heard that on my last ERP training too: every application undergoes rewriting within 10 years or so.
    If Azure is limited today it does not mean soon it will not be scalable and cheaper. App Fabric by Ray Ozzie is all about that.
    I can only think of security as being the issue.

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