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Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 5  
So Sun is officially being sold after all, not to IBM but to Oracle, for $7.4 billion (a little more than IBM was reportedly willing to pay).

What does that mean for Oracle and Sun customers? If you're a Sun customer, does this leave you relieved or anxious?

The future of Java is evidently secure, as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is talking about stewardship of that software being particularly important to this deal, given its role in the so many enterprise middleware systems including those created by Oracle. How light a touch, or heavy a hand, Oracle will exert on the future development of Java may be a concern for some, however.

The combination of Oracle database software and Sun servers and Solaris operating system has a long history, so this is to some extent the sealing of a venerable partnership. On the other hand, it has the potential to disrupt the marketing of other combinations, such as Oracle on Hewlett-Packard's Unix servers or Oracle on Dell Linux servers.

The future of MySQL, the open source database which Sun bought a year ago for $1 billion, is also an obvious question mark. MySQL is mostly known as a database for powering websites -- cheap to set up for small organizations and reasonably scalable as they grow. It's also used with some mid-market enterprise applications, particularly those that are themselves open source, such as SugarCRM.

Larry Dignan at ZDNet has a throw-away line in his analysis of the benefits for Oracle saying "Oracle gets to kill MySQL. There’s no way Ellison will let that open source database mess with the margins of his database."

"Kill" is probably an exaggeration. I think Oracle will allow some grudging coexistence with the open source database, much as Sun has learned to allow Solaris and Linux to coexist within different parts of its product line. You just won't see MySQL pushed as aggressively beyond its niche in web publishing into taking on more high-end capabilities that would make it suitable as an Oracle replacement for enterprise applications.
 
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Re:Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 7  
I do not think Oracle would kill the MYSQL database, they would incur the wrath of the open source community. Besides they know all to well that it would be pretty easy for the open source community to take the existing tree of code and move it and fork a new distribution.
 
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Re:Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 5  
Oracle actually already owns a specialty open source database. It bought Sleepycat Software, which supports the Berkeley DB product. Somewhat different case, though, in that Berkeley DB typically is used as an embedded database to be built into applications, rather than a stand-alone SQL database.

I guess the real question for corporate users of MySQL relates to the support they get in return for paying an enterprise price for what is otherwise a free product. Will Oracle improve the support relationship or hurt it?

While the MySQL question is interesting, it's probably a side issue in terms of how the overall Oracle-Sun combination will work. MySQL represents a strategic bet Sun placed when it was trying to survive as an independent business. But it's a small part of the business compared with Sun's hardware operation or its central (albeit, not exclusive) role in maintaining the Java standards.
 
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Re:Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 5  
Regarding Bill's point about the potential for creating open source forks of the MySQL code, I had to go out and check whether the license included the right to fork, as I had it in the back of my mind that MySQL had not always adhered to some purists' notions of what constitutes open source.

But no, it's apparently a GPL 2.0 license, and there are already some forks of the code that have been spun off, leading to more diversity in the MySQL universe. So even if Oracle had the motivation to kill MySQL, it would live on in some form and other companies could take advantage of the opening to offer their own support packages for it. The only thing Oracle would accomplish by heading down that road would be to deprive itself of some support contract revenue.
 
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Re:Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 7  
There is also a unique opportunity for Oracle to generate some good will with the open source community by selectively releasing some propriety code and algorithms for high performance transaction throughput & processing to the MYSQL team.

Also think about the "Lite" versions of some of their applications software packages that they could give to MYSQL. The upsell opportunities are tremendous as small companies grow to larger ones.
 
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Re:Implications of Oracle Buying Sun Microsystems 7 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 7  
I read that while SUN was in talks with IBM about an acquisition, decision on making IT buyers put a hold on any new SUN purchases because of the uncertainty of the hardware product line under IBM control. This plays well into Oracle's hand as now those purchases will go through and help stem a further loss for SUN in this quarter.
 
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