Menu
Oracle chief architect to reveal MySQL strategy

Oracle chief architect to reveal MySQL strategy

Edward Screven will deliver a keynote at the O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo Tuesday

MySQL users are set to receive fresh information about Oracle's road map for the open-source database during a keynote address by Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven at Tuesday's O'Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, California.

"We're looking forward to outlining our plans for MySQL and providing the development community with deeper insight into the enhancements they can expect right now and moving forward," Screven said in a statement released Thursday.

MySQL "is strategic to Oracle," he added.

Oracle also announced a pair of MySQL user forums will occur May 6 in Amsterdam and June 3 in Redwood Shores, California.

Since Oracle first announced plans to buy Sun Microsystems, former owner of MySQL, advocates expressed fear the vendor would somehow stifle the database's development in an effort to protect its own propriety database platform.

The merger was even held up for months as European antitrust authorities weighed the implications of Oracle owning MySQL.

Oracle released a list of pledges regarding MySQL in December, including promises to continue making the database available through the General Public License; to not require customers to buy support from Oracle in order to get a commercial MySQL license; and to boost spending on research and development.

Still, speculation remains about how Oracle will handle MySQL in the long term, and observers will no doubt be looking for more specifics from Screven's talk.

One observer doesn't anticipate major fireworks.

"I expect Oracle to essentially reiterate what they've been saying even prior to acquisition, that they're committed to MySQL and its development," said Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady.

Oracle's plans for MySQL likely include targeting Microsoft SQL Server, which is widely used thanks partly to the "frictionless access" users gain under Microsoft enterprise agreements, as well as its close integration with Microsoft's development tools, O'Grady said.

"Oracle will take MySQL and position strongly against SQL Server, saying 'this is even easier to get, the ecosystem is enormous, it's the de facto database of the Web,'" he added.

The vendor's pledge to continue investing in MySQL will likely come true, according to analyst Curt Monash of Monash Research. "I expect Oracle to honorably and straightforwardly mature the product," Monash said. "Various kinds of problems may occur down the road, but there's every reason to think that at first MySQL will benefit from adult DBMS vendor supervision."

But there are open questions too, such as whether Oracle will develop new storage engines for MySQL to go along with the popular InnoDB, which it already owns, Monash said.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags open sourcedatabasesOraclemysql

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments