Oracle Up The Price of MySQL?
Oracle customers receive letters warning of imminent price increase.
According to a report by PostgreSQL support provider Command
Prompt, Oracle’s MySQL customers might be about to pay a whole lot
more for licensing. Not only has the support pricing for MySQL
disappeared from the Oracle website, but Oracle have begun sending
letters to current clients warning them to expect some changes in
“We have not had a price increase for over 6 years but there
will be an increase in the next price list that will be available
soon. We’ve been expecting the increase for the past couple of
months but I’m told it the new price list will be released soon,”
reads the alleged letter. It then goes on to explain that Basic and Silver support will no longer be available,
although existing Basic and Silver customers will have the option
of signing up for a multi-year agreement, which will entitle them
to keep using these support packages for “up to” another three
years. A Basic license is currently priced at £369, and a Silver
license at £1249. However, if these two options are removed,
customers will be left with paying either £1849 for Gold or £3099
for Platinum license. On the positive side, the letter does promise
a discount of up to 30% for a three year pre-paid subscription.
Although no exact details regarding pricing are available at the
moment, Joshua Drake at Command Prompt argues that the pricing for
Oracle’s BerkeleyDB is a good indication of the sort of prices
MySQL customers can expect to pay. This has led him to conclude
that a quad core machine could cost a MySQL customer
11,600.00-23,200.00 per year.
Some are already speculating that the price hikes could benefit
open source database alternative PostgreSQL, with Joshua Drake
pitching PostgreSQL at the end of his report: “moving to PostgreSQL
with support from a long standing, transparent support and pricing
schedule can do nothing but benefit you in the future.”