Posted by: Leah Rosin
Database, MySQL, open source, Oracle
PORTLAND, ORE. — At OSCON today it became glaringly obvious what the big push at the conference is besides cloud: Data.
For the first time, OSCON Data is colocated with the main conference. The event is a gathering for developers who are doing the systems work and evolving architectures and tools to manage data. In the exhibit hall, players such as MongoDB, MariaDB, SkySQL Citrusleaf and Oracle with MySQL shared their technologies and advertised job openings.
I had the chance to talk with Ulf Sandberg, CEO of SkySQL. He served as VP and SVP of global services at MySQL for five years, helping it grow from start-up to successful $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems. In October 2010, Sandberg helped launch SkySQL, a provider of MySQL database solutions and support for the enterprise. Oracle, the database kingpin, subsequently bought Sun, causing many to worry about the future of fan-favorite MySQL.
“We saw the writing on the wall,” said Sandberg. “It’s not like Oracle was looking for another database.” But Sandberg believes Oracle will continue to support MySQL to some degree.
To gain EU approval for the deal, Oracle issued 10 commitments, seven of which deal directly with the continued nurturing and upkeep of MySQL. But many MySQL customers are turned off by Oracle, and never wanted to be Oracle customers in the first place. They say Oracle is not fixing bugs and raises prices, so it gets easier to look elsewhere. At least that’s what SkySQL is counting on.
In April, the company released SkySQL Reference Architecture, which provides users with a way to organize their data infrastructure technologies around MySQL or MariaDB databases.
And by being at OSCON, talking to me within sight of the large red Oracle sign, SkySQL is trying to let people know that they’re “not stuck with Oracle.” And in an open-source-friendly place such as OSCON, that message surely wasn’t lost.