To follow up on Chuck’s post from earlier this week, I want to say that yes, on Monday morning I raced across the office to share the crazy news that Oracle is trying to buy MySQL Sun. Though, I don’t remember yelling.
But, I did have a real point here and that is that the numbers that he quoted are prior to the Enterprise / Community split that happened late in 2006 and since then, the landscape has changed dramatically.
Today, there are at least 5 different major forks of MySQL to choose from (and I won’t even talk about the already complicated version and storage engine choices that most companies have to make). I am counting MySQL Community (freely available)l MySQL Enterprise (allowing for enterprise support contracts with Sun); Our Delta (a patched MySQL Community version); Monty Widenus’ MariaDB; and of course, Drizzle. I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting. This has the makings of an entire ecosystem without even looking at third party storage engine vendors and the future plugins options for Drizzle as it embraces the DBMS microkernel concept.
This gives me pause when I look at the numbers from 2006 which say 29% of the database market is MySQL. I suspect that the numbers have gone up since (just like Chuck, I’d welcome references or rebuttals here), but that still begs the question of how much of that market is actually generating revenue or are MySQL (variants) directly from Sun. With Oracle’s intended acquisition of Sun, will they actually “own” 50+% of the market or is MySQL Enterprise a much smaller percentage of that market.
The database world is really exciting right now, and I’m very interested to see if the existing flavors of MySQL will continue to fragment like the *NIXs did until an upstart rewrite came along. Could Drizzle be that upstart and take that lead in the open source database world.