Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gartner on Sun's MySQL Acquisition

In a recent article, "MySQL Acquisition Edges Sun Closer to a Complete OSS Stack", Garner states,
"the MySQL purchase immediately casts Sun in the role of a major open-source database management system vendor with heterogeneous operating system solutions. IBM, Oracle and Red Hat will likely feel some market pressure."
They recommend that all enterprises
  • Use MySQL and Sun to apply competitive pressure to proprietary DBMS vendors by planning to switch spending on suitable requirements to MySQL.
  • MySQL is capable of supporting clusters, delivering atomic, consistent, isolated and durable (ACID) functionality and handling some mission-critical applications. Evaluate MySQL as an alternative to IBM DB2, Oracle and other DBMSs.
  • Monitor Sun's effort at integrating MySQL to confirm whether Sun is succeeding in its effort to become a different breed of OSS vendor.
Gartner says that MySQL customers should, "View this deal as positive and continue with your current strategy regarding the use of MySQL."

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