Wednesday, February 15, 2006

No love connection between Oracle on the MySQL

During an interview at the Open Source Business Conference, Marten Mickos, MySQL Chief Executive, confirmed that his company had recently turned down an acquisition attempt by Oracle. He did not provide any details about the acquisition.

For Oracle to try to acquire an open-source competitor gives us an idea of what impact the open-source has on the market. In 2005 Oracle did purchase two open-source companies, Sleepycat and InnoDB, and is expected to acquire application server maker JBoss (not so sure that is a good thing for us that are using JBoss).

MySQL is among the leaders in the open source database market. The market is going through a great change and competitors are offering lower-end solutions (which, of course, erodes profit margins for companies like Oracle).

MySQL is a Swedish based company with an office in Cupertino, California. The company has experienced profits during the last two quarters and recently raised $18.5 million dollars in a third round funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures and Sumitomo's Presidio STX investment subsidiary.

Maybe Larry should offer Siebel Systems or PeopleSoft for MySQL. Do you think that would tickle the Swedes' funny bone?


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