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MySQL Database Adds Features, MaxDB Compatability

Nov 21, 2003, 20:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

By Jacqueline Emigh
Linux Today Writer

"Future versions of MySQL's flagship database will add new features that will make it more comparable to MaxDB, a commercial product from MySQL that is based on SAP's open source database.

In an interview at Comdex, MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos contended that MaxDB is just as capable as the Oracle and IBM DB2 databases, for example. Mickos added that the product represents a rebranding and enhancement of SAP DB, a open-source database that originated as a university research project in Europe back during the 1970s.

Through a cross licensing and technology pact signed with SAP, MySQL acquired full commercial rights to develop and market future releases of SAP DB.

Mickos said that MaxDB and the commercial edition of MySQL are both aimed at producing revenues that will help to support MySQL's own open source development activities.

MaxDB is geared to large SAP R/3 installations, as well as other environments requiring enterprise-calibre database functionality.

About 5,000 customers are using MaxDB, including Colgate, Intel, Bayer, Daimler-Chrysler, and Deutsche Post, the German Post Office.

Capabilities that are now present in MaxDB but absent from the MySQL flagship database include stored procedures, views, and triggers, said Kelly Kimball, marketing and sales manager for MySQL.

Stored procedures are currently being tested for MySQL, however. These are available for free download, according to Kimball.

Kimball expects the stored procedures will appear in the MySQL database product in January of next year.

"Views and triggers are still a bit further down the road, though," Kimball noted.

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