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Computerworld Singapore: MySQL Grows Up

Apr 28, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Louis Chua)

"Recently, MySQL AB launched its first user conference in San Jose, California, to promote its open source database as a viable, more affordable alternative to databases from heavyweights such as Oracle and IBM. MySQL forms part of the group of free software often used by Open Source proponents in the enterprise space known collectively as LAMP, which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.

"According to Marten Mickos, MySQL's chief executive officer, the goal for the coming year is to evolve its database with new features and better performance. MySQL AB will also partner with more applications and tools vendors to expand the ecosystem around MySQL, as well as add new support, training and certification services for customers.

"Even though MySQL has a roadmap that shows its willingness to implement higher functionality such as the stored procedures, similar to what Oracle provide in PL/SQL, vendors like IBM are still taking the new developments of MySQL in their stride. 'While MySQL provides relational database capability, as does DB2 and Informix, we do not believe MySQL addresses many enterprise-size issues as well as DB2, namely, scalability, performance, high-availability,' said Zoran Kiternas, country manager, IBM Singapore Software Group. 'DB2 also has a wealth of supporting tools from IBM and from others that sets it apart from MySQL...'"

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