Oracle Bags Sun For $7.4 Billion

You got to hand it to Oracle, they have managed to do what IBM failed merely two weeks ago: Oracle has bought Sun for $7.4 billion. That’s just under six percent more than what IBM offered in the now collapsed talk.

This deal is definitely an industry-defining event as mentioned in the linked BusinessWeek article. The massive potential of the combined IT giants will be a force to be reckoned with.

Nevertheless, I still worry for the future of MySQL; the popular open source database platform Sun acquired in 2008. It now has to compete internally with Oracle’s own database engine which drives a significant bulk of its revenue. My fear is that instead of building on the MySQL technology, Oracle may just choose to let it dwindle into obscurity. To add to worries, Oracle already has its own open source database platform in the form of Berkeley DB.

The silver lining is that MySQL is just too big to be ignored. It is without a doubt, the most widely deployed database engine in the world. Its significance in the web hosting industry cannot be overstated. So eventhough I worry about MySQL’s future within the Oracle camp, I’m sure that basic economics and the wonderful way in which open source works will, in the end, prevail.

Congrats to Oracle; you’ve definitely got a potential winner in your hands now. Let’s see what you do with it 🙂

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  2. Riyadh Says:

    May be its a bit too late to comment on this. But just talk to MySQL Gold Partner staff. MySQL founder quite disappointed on this. They agreed to sell MySQL to Sun since Sun already show commitment to Open COmmunity. But now everybody realized that, with buying MySQL, its increase Sun value so they can sell themselves as what Oracle paid them. Its a business cheat.

    But for MySQL community, the open source initiative can still go on. The source code is always available. Whether we wait for XSQL or Oracle enhanced it. Both are possible. Will oracle let go big MySQL user such as Facebook?

  3. F Says:

    Pity. 2 years – but not that much opensource improvements happened to MySql. Unfortunately all those billions were not spent on development (my personal oppinion). So, what i see from business driven but less popular solutions (oracle, mssql, ..) they are improving and improving (see more field types, in most cases faster querries, simple tools for scalability and backup, better permissions management, activedirectory integration, poverful query analyzers and gui builders, linked tables, even linked servers, easy replication, excel integrated connectors…). Why sun or oracle couldnt spent even bit of those money to implement at least few improvements to mentioned features? Recently i was searching a solution to syncronize excel table and mysql = hey, oracle – those apps are the most popular apps in the world – i didnt find. They dont exist! Only commercial 1 way converters and odbc connector! To solve issue – you need to open excel and program vba with odbc application. Shame! Please do spend money on mysql – world popular opensource project.