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Walli: Oracle Doesn't Get It

Lora Bentley

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.


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