“We’re both in the transportation business. We have a 747, and they have a Toyota.”
The comparison of Oracle’s database and MySQL, made by Oracle president Charles Phillips at the 2004 Vortex Conference was undoubtedly meant as a criticism, but it so graphically demonstrated the differing business strategies and selling-points of the two products that MySQL executives began citing it themselves.
It is also a comparison that explains how the two products could potentially co-exist within a single company, as they seem likely to do following the announcement that Sun has agreed to be acquired by Oracle.
Much of the MySQL-related coverage of the impending acquisition has focused on the likelihood of Oracle killing-off the …[Read more]