Oracle Speak Out On MySQL Pricing and InnoDB Rumours
MySQL Rumours Put To Rest
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 24x7, 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 24x7, 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 24x7 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.