Open Source Wars
August 5, 2012
Is the open source community losing its civility? The Register declares, “Oracle Hurls MySQL at Microsoft Database Wobblers.” It seems Oracle hopes to win over Microsoft SQL Server users by touting the financial advantages of MySQL. The company also vows that migration will be a breeze. The article reveals:
“Oracle claimed the migration tool would also shift database tables and data to MySQL and ‘quickly’ convert existing apps.
“Pushing its case for conversion, Oracle claimed MySQL would reduce total cost of ownership for database customers by up to 90 per cent when compared to Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012.
“Oracle is also pushing its database as a back-end to Microsoft’s Excel.
“With the migration tool Oracle is also offering a MySQL for Excel plug-in, which it said would allow data analysts to play with data in Microsoft’s spreadsheet without needing to know MySQL.”
Will the promotion of MySQL result in a coup for Oracle? Perhaps, but currently Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is doing very well as one of Microsoft‘s fastest-growing projects. That platform only runs on Windows, though, which could be a big point in Oracle’s favor.
Cynthia Murrell, August 4, 2012