MySQL powered the majority of new ” Web 2.0 ” applications like youtube.com, flickr, zimbra, and facebook as well as the world’s largest web site like Google, Yahoo!, Craigslist, and Wikipedia.
MySQL Database Software Products MySQL Enterprise - MySQL Enterprise Server - MySQL Enterprise Monitor - MySQL Production Support MySQL Cluster MySQL Enterprise Monitor MySQL Embedded Database MySQL Connectors MySQL Workbench
A relational database management system (RDBMS) is a database management system ( DBMS ) that is based on the relati onal model. Most popular commercial and open source databases currently in use are based on the relational model .
To offer scaled support services globally, MySQL listed many new partners including Hewlett-Packard, Novell, IBM, NEC, Unisys, Samsung, and hundred of smaller companies.
Changing Business Model, More Services
However, as the company began charging for services, Mickos reported a change in expectations from their customers :
” For the first time we have customers that are complaining. When you have a five-star hotel and you charge virtually nothing, then nobody will complain. Now as we charge more, they also demand more and we pay even more attention to their requests.”
The company raised $18.5 million resulting in $30 million cash in the bank.
MySQL had inspired imitators. Highlighting the company’s success, many other open source database companies had also entered the market.
Open Source Databases-New Entrants - Closed source databases become open source - In August 2004, IBM had open sourced Cloudscape.
Also in 2004,Computer Associates
(CA) open sourced its Ingres database.
Open Source Databases-New Entrants - New open source database start-ups - In November 2004, Stanford-tied db4objects released db4o. - In 2005, start-up EnterpriseDB announced PostgreSQL.
- Both start-ups felt they made great progress, enjoying an extremely low cost structure. - db4objects listed Boeing, Intel and Seagate as their customer. - EnterpriseDB boasted to lure Sony Online away from Oracle to their platform.
” Trying to kill MySQL by acquiring open source is like trying to kill a dolphin by drinking the ocean.” -Marten Mickos, CEO MySQL ORACLE’S RESPONSE
Not only Oracle but also IBM and Microsoft have each lowered their database prices and created aimed at smaller organizations and partners.
In October 2005, Oracle released a free low-end version, followed Microsoft, and Sybase.
In February 2006, Oracle announced Sleepycat, and was expected to replace InnoDB.
Purchasing open Source Database Companies
In April 2006, Oracle becoming a MySQL partner.
Linux was an essential part of Oracle strategy to compete with Microsoft and IBM.
In September 2006, MySQL dropped support for Oracle’s Sleepycat products.
- In May 2005, IBM provided an open source application server called Apache Geronimo. - In November 2005, middleware company BEA acquired Solarmetic and announced Open JPA. Open Source Buying Spree : Application Servers and Databases
Is MySQL Competing with Oracle? Is MySQL better? What about IBM, Microsoft, and SAP?
CONCLUSION Was MySQL really competing with the Big Three? Were they the most dangerous competitors? Who could halt MySQL's advance?