Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Oracle acquires Innobase

It must have been a no-brainer for Oracle to acquire Innobase and it probably should have been a no-brainer for MySQL to acquire them too. Oracle now has a presence in the open source database market and an opportunity to exert some influence (albeit limited) over its current and future open source competitors. There are plenty of possibilities - Oracle may wish to shackle MySQL itself; or Oracle may wish to promote MySQL to spoil the potential of more scalable open source databases like Ingres; or Oracle may wish to be the first into a market openly eyed by other influential vendors such as Sun. But for now, Oracle can afford to wait and watch...

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