There can be no doubt now: Oracle is trying to destroy MySQL. Consider:
- They buy Innobase, the company responsible for the back end data format that makes MySQL go.
- They forge a partnership with Zend, the company responsible for PHP, which is the lanuguage most often used with MySQL on the Web.
- Now, word via Slashdot and CNet, is that they’re going to offer a free “Express Edition” of their 10g database.
They’re not even trying to hide the fact that they’re gunning for MySQL:
The new low-end edition is aimed squarely at free and open-source alternatives to Oracle’s namesake database, said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Oracle’s server technologies division.
Here’s my prediction for a secondary effect —
This action will ultimately lower Oracle DBA salaries. Oracle always had a huge barrier to entry in its price and infrastructure requirements, so you didn’t run it unless you were in a big enterprise. Consequently, there are less Oracle DBAs in the world than other database platforms.
But now we’re going to see a huge wave of people who know how to make Oracle go on a small scale. Companies will start hiring these people for less than a full-blown Oracle DBA salary, and either use them for smaller Oracle installments, or “train them up.”