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 🙂