Oracle Speak Out On MySQL Pricing and InnoDB Rumours

MySQL Rumours Put To Rest

Jessica Thornsby

Oracle post statement that aims to clear up lingering rumours regarding changes at MySQL.

Monica Kumar at Oracle has posted a statement that aims to clear up the lingering rumours regarding changes at MySQL.
She confirms that MySQL Community Edition will still include InnoDB
before moving onto the issue of pricing. MySQl will continue to
have a dual license model – Oracle will not be calling time on the
free Community Edition of MySQL, although there will be some
changes afoot for users of the commercial editions.

MySQL Standard Edition subscribers will receive Oracle’s Premier
support, in addition to MySQL Workbench Standard Edition. MySQL
Enterprise Edition subscribers will also be entitled to access to
MySQL Enterprise Monitor and MySQL Enterprise Backup. However, the
four support tiers will be replaced by a package of 24×7, global,
Premier Support with unlimited incident. With the old Basic,
Silver, Gold and Platinum system, customers can expect to pay $599,
going up to $5000. Now, prices will start at $2000 and go up to
$5000. Monica Kumar explains why Oracle have dropped the cheaper
options, citing the “very very limited support” they offered, and
their unpopularity.

“We now offer more functionality and 24×7, unlimited incidents,
premier support at lower price. In every category now on the price
list, we are offering better support and more features than in the
past. (To compare, whereas in the past 24×7 support was available
starting at $3000 per server, you can now get it for $2000 per
server),” she concludes. Tien Soon has previously theorised that the cheaper support
packages were unpopular options as, if you’re on a tight budget,
MySQL users can always opt for MySQL Community Edition or
alternative database servers.

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