On the heels of MySQL's launch of MySQL Enterprise Unlimited yesterday and confirmation from CEO Marten Mickos that an IPO is in the works, came rumblings that Oracle is contemplating a MySQL support offering along the lines of its Unbreakable Linux program.
Frankly, we laughed. "There they go again," we thought. This morning, we found a blog post on the subject from IT industry veteran Stephen Walli, who also seems to be laughing -- for a different reason.
Walli says if Oracle is seriously considering a MySQL support service, the database giant "really, really" doesn't get it. In doing so, the company would be offering its customers a competing product that is, in fact, better than its own products, for a fraction of the cost. What could that do, Walli asks, but destroy Oracle's own installation base?
Maybe that's why Mickos hopes the company actually does it.