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Oracle Has MySQL By The Throat

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By following last November’s purchase of InnoDB with the recent acquisition of Sleepycat Software, all Larry Ellison has to do is squeeze hard to kill corporate usage of MySQL.

With a database, the storage engine drives the transactional functionality. The popular open source database MySQL uses the InnoDB storage engine in its implementation. After Oracle purchased InnoDB last year, it was thought MySQL may turn to Sleepycat Software as a replacement for InnoDB, ZDNet blogger Phil Windley wrote.

Forget about that now.

Oracle broke quite a few open source hearts with its Valentine’s Day announcement of the purchase of Sleepycat. Doom and gloom and darkness colored the moods of quite a few people with an interest in seeing MySQL remain a viable lower-cost alternative to the Oracles of the world.

A couple of notable personalities disagree with the Ellison-as-MySQL-killer theory. Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny posted his opinion that ” Oracle can become a one-stop shop for folks building the next generation of big business applications, whether or not they use “traditional” Oracle software.”

Business 2.0 senior writer and blogger Om Malik sees VoIP telephony more in play for Oracle and its growing business application empire as it makes acquisitions like the InnoDB and Sleepycat plays. “Oracle’s decision to buy Swedish VoIP company, HotSIP, a clear sign that the world of telephony and enterprise applications is merging.It seems everyone could in the near future be dialing their CRM.”

CRM figures prominently in Oracle’s plans, and is such a compelling technology for software companies in the business application space that Microsoft will collaborate with SugarCRM just to ensure Windows platforms remain an option for business IT buyers who may choose Sugar over Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

The potential for Ellison encasing InnoDB and Sleepycat in concrete and shoving them over the side of his yacht does exist, though, as Windley suggests:

MySQL made a strategic blunder by not buying InnoDB to begin with and then failing to consummate a purchase of Sleepycat later. Commercial users of MySQL are left wondering if Oracle could someday come knocking at the door, demanding payment.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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