Oracle: Preparing a MySQL Partner Push?
Oracle is making multiple MySQL announcements and statements at this week’s OSCON conference in Portland, Ore. So, The VAR Guy is wondering: Is Oracle gearing up to promote MySQL, the open source database, to channel partners? The VAR Guy has some strong opinions and plenty of background to share.
First, the official news. Oracle at OSCON announced that MySQL 5.6 is available for the community to test, deploy and provide feedback. Oracle claims MySQL 5.6 offers replication features help with performance, scale-out and data integration. Also, Oracle promised to better serve the open source community, ZDnet reported.
But is a big MySQL channel partner push coming? The VAR Guy doubts it. Yes, MySQL is now part of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized partner program for VARs and IT consulting firms. But remember: Oracle acquired MySQL as part of the Sun Microsystems buyout. And generally speaking, Oracle’s top channel priorities for the Sun product lineup involves servers and storage — offerings like Exadata and Exalogic.
During multiple meetings with Oracle Channel Chief Judson Althoff, The VAR Guy has frequently asked about MySQL and OpenOffice, the Microsoft Office alternative that Oracle also inherited from Sun.
Althoff always offered polite guidance to MySQL and OpenOffice supporters. But Althoff’s conversations with The VAR Guy — in 2010 and 2011 — always returned to Sun’s Exadata and Exalogic businesses, where millions — perhaps billions — of dollars are at stake for Oracle and partners over the next few years.
Oracle is making some solid statements about MySQL 5.6. And The VAR Guy will continue to follow MySQL’s progress. But ultimately, Oracle’s top partner priorities reside with Exadata, Exalogic and Oracle applications.