Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

Summary: Oracle threw its own punches at Red Hat and Microsoft today by detailing expanding integration of its MySQL with Windows and Oracle's heftier databases in the 2011-12 timeframe.In a webcast today, executives noted the expanded integration of the recently released MySQL 5.

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Oracle threw its own punches at Red Hat and Microsoft today by detailing expanding integration of its MySQL with Windows and Oracle's heftier databases in the 2011-12 timeframe.

In a webcast today, executives noted the expanded integration of the recently released MySQL 5.5 with Windows and outlined future plans for tighter integration with Windows installation and authentication systems as well as improved support for the Entity framework and  tighter integration between the MySQL editor and Visual Studio GUI.

Windows -- not Linux -- is the No 1. MySQL platform, several execs said, noting that enterprises can leverage the LAMP [Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP/Perl] stack for web applications across any application platform -- but Oracle chose to highlight Windows on this day.

Oracle execs, for example, pointed out that the performance of MySQL on Windows is now on par with MySQL on Linux. That can't be good news for the Red Hat clan.

"Windows is and will continue to be No. 1 for developers and deployment so we want to stay focused and make sure performance and scalability is top notch," said Tomas Ulin, MySQL vice president of engineering at Oracle, noting that both capabilities were improved in MySQL 5.5 but faster read/writes are planned over the next 12 to 18 months.

But even as it extolled Windows as an ideal platform for MySQL, and identified plans to increase integration between the two, Oracle also simultaneously took aim at Microsoft's SQL Server and Access databases.

Oracle plans to offer support for native Windows authentication to extend single sign-on to MySQL users and implement a Universal Windows Installer that offers a nice point-and-click GUI and speedier installation.

Authentication is coming soon and the Windows Unified Installer --which will allow users to download MySQL in four minutes -- is ready to release into beta testing, execs said. It currently takes about 15 minutes to download MySQL on Windows.

Oracle also plasn tighter integration with Microsoft's Entity frameworks and better ODBC driver connectors in 2011.

Oracle's homegrown Connector/Net 6.3 includes support for Visual Studio 2010 but the next version -- Connector/Net 6.4 -- will add the aforementioned capabilities to make integration with Microsoft's systems and tools seamless to end customers, Ulin said.

Oracle will also continue working on its Golden Gate technology, which will make it easier for users to exchange data quickly between MySQL and Oracle's higher-end databases. Oracle cited Ticketmaster as a customer that switched out its SQl Server databases for MySQL for lighter front end tasks, and kept its existing Oracle back end databases for fulfillment.

Some of the MySQL product integration with Oracle's products is done but much more is planned for Oracle's Fusion middleware suite, Oracle's Secure Backup and the Oracle Audit Vault, company execs said.

On the longer horizon, Oracle plans tight integration between  MySQL and Oracle Enterprise Manager so that managing all of Oracle's products from one console is a "no brainer.

Ulin also said customers will also enjoy increased benefit of all-in-one  24 by 7 support from one vendor -- yet made no mention of some price increases that miffed some in the MySQL community.

Topics: Operating Systems, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Open Source, Oracle, Software, Windows

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  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    just change the date on the top and this story will be reusable for years
    Will Farrell
    • No one uses MySql on Windows platforms.

      SqlServer Express is free for light usage. SqlServer Standard is there for the serious one and cheaper than Oracle. With both grounds covered there's no room for MySql.
      LBiege
      • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

        But you probably wouldn't have legal argument for any discrepency unless your equipment meets the standards required by code and has been calibrated more recently than their device.
        Linux Love
  • Windows â?? NOT Linux â?? is the No 1.

    Of course Windows is better than Linux. Why else would Red Hat be crying about the competition today? Competition is only good if you can compete.
    iPad-awan
  • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

    We gave up on MySQL when Oracle bought it. This just confirms it was the right decision.
    Stephen.Smith@...
    • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

      @Stephen.Smith@... Agreed....Had downloaded MySQL but Oracle took over and haven't gotten around to deleting it! Wonder how long till Oracle is deleted : )
      LinuxPops
  • Its Oracle's Upsell Strategy Ticket

    Its quite obvious why Oracle is making MySQL look so attractive. When they finally get the customer hooked and the customer ask for some form of support or assistance with an issue, the answer will be: 'no, sorry, can't do that, but if you move Oracle Enterprise DB, and sign up for premium support, your problem will be solved immediately'.

    The entire IT industry should come together, buy Oracle, split it up and shut it down. The part I would love is, give the Operating System assets to Red Hat, ERP stuff to SAP, BI to IBM and the DB stuff to Microsoft and let the support be managed by three separate newly formed companies.
    Mr. Dee
    • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

      @Mr. Dee
      Love that solution, but that is not practical.
      Ram U
    • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

      @Mr. Dee
      If Oracle was no more, I would miss Larry Ellison's far reaching blurting describing his next innovation that he conjured up in his last flashback. No more smoke and mirrors=IT boredom.
      Carl_Dagostino
  • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

    Microsoft is eating their lunch...
    jessiethe3rd
  • RE: Oracle's MySQL plans take aim at Red Hat and Microsoft

    Why should I pay for Windows, if MySQL offers the same performance on linux? No need to spend any money except for the hardware and an admin!
    v_parthi
  • SQL Server is one of MS's best sofware... MySQL is just...

    ....Nowhere near. We have installed MySQL on our Windows 2008 servers for WordPress. After a few of trying to obtain the same level of ease of use, speed, compatiblity, programmability and overall interest to use... SQLServer is still comming out on top. Even for PHP, SQL server is just a better choice..
    gbouchard99@...