Oracle Not Dropping InnoDB From MySQL Community Edition

MySQL Rumours Rock Community

Jessica Thornsby

Oracle updated support packages spark rumours in the community.

Yesterday saw the rumour that Oracle were making the InnoDB
feature unavailable in MySQL Community builds, spread throughout
the community. This seems to have sprung from Oracle revising their
support packages for MySQL Editions, when these changes were
confused with the features included in the MySQL builds. Lenz
Grimmer and Giuseppe Maxia tried to clear up the confusion via
Twitter, with Giuseppe Maxia advising those concerned to “check the downloads page before freaking out” and Lenz
Grimmer stating that “MySQL/InnoDB still available for
download under the GPL.”

In reality, what Oracle are doing is dropping Basic and Silver support for MySQL.
This leaves MySQL fans with the option of paying either £1849 for
Gold or £3099 for Platinum license. Tien Soon has posted an
analysis of the situation, disagreeing with the
view that the elevated support subscription prices is Oracle’s
attempt to kill off MySQL. He points out that MySQL no longer
targets small to medium scale web applications, but is “one of the
well-received database systems for enterprises,” therefore it no
longer makes good business sense to offer Basic support packages.
The crux of his argument, is that the change in support
subscription, reflects the changing nature of MySQL usage: “MySQL
is already standing strong with enterprise adopters who could
easily afford the bill of MySQL Enterprise support packages,
ranging from Basic (USD599) to Platinum (USD4999).”

He does acknowledge that small to medium customers will lose
out, as the cheapest MySQL support package has leapt from $599, to
$2000, but argues that this customer base “never contribute
significantly to the profit stream of open source software support
packages,” as most completely opt out of support packages. And, if
a support package is required on a tight budget, there are always
alternatives to Oracle support, and even alternative database
servers, such as MariaDB.

In Tien Soon’s opinion, Oracle dropping the cheaper support
packages, is just them focusing on the premier bill payers – a
sensible business decision, rather than a vendetta against

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