Oracle, MySQL Not Competitors, Says Ingres CEOSun's ownership of the MySQL open source database is being viewed as a potential anti-competitive issue by the European Commission.
By Charles BabcockInformationWeek
September 4, 2009 08:25 AM
A European Commission investigation
will delay Oracle's takeover of Sun but not stop it, predicted Roger Burkhardt, CEO of Ingres Corp., supplier of the open source Ingres database system.
"In the end, it will go through, I think," said Burkhardt upon hearing about the Commission's announcement of a Phase Two investigation into Oracle's $5.6 billion purchase.
Sun's ownership of the MySQL open source database is being viewed as a potential anti-competitive issue by the commission, the administrative body of the European Union. But Burkhardt said MySQL rarely competes head-to-head with Oracle in the existing database market.
"Oracle makes money by being the corporate transaction processing system, the mission-critical production system. It's not realistic to say MySQL is a competitive database with Oracle. It's not like the commission can make that argument," he said.
MySQL got its start as a relational system that specialized in the high speed serving of Web pages and was implemented on several leading Web sites, including eBay, Facebook and Slashdot.com.
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