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Jan 11 2011   4:41PM GMT

Oracle dropping MySQL support on IBM AS400, aka “System i”

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle has announced that it is dropping support for running the open source MySQL database on IBM’s midrange server platform, now called IBM i and previously called AS400, iSeries, and System i.

Oracle will continue to provide source code and limited product support for those IBM i users who still want to run MySQL, but thinks there isn’t enough traction of MySQL on i to be worth the support.

IBM said it is still looking for ways to support MySQL on i, possibly through Zend Technology, the company known for its PHP scripting language. IBM may be another future support option.

How much of this is a business case and how much is a competitive case is unknown. What is clear is that since acquiring Sun (and therefore MySQL), Oracle has been focused on steering customers toward Oracle-Sun server hardware as much as possible. IBM i doesn’t fit that bill.

“It doesn’t really surprise me that Oracle is beginning to say they will support fewer and fewer platforms as they try to shore up their Solaris business,” Jarman told IT Jungle.

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