Database industry watchers have been wondering how MySQL\n\nwould respond to Oracle\u2019s surprise purchase of Innobase, a small Finnish\n\ncompany that supplies some key technology for MySQL\u2019s enterprise\n\ndatabase efforts. Now it appears we have the beginnings of an answer. \n\n\n\n"Obviously because Oracle made that acquisition we are evaluating\n\noptions to replace that functionality in some way," said Richard Mason,\n\nvice president of MySQL for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),\n\naccording to and IDG News Service wire report. "We\u2019re not at the point\n\nyet where we can go public with what that plan is, but we will be\n\nshortly."\n\nMySQL\u2019s contract with Innobase is reportedly up for renewal next year,\n\nso we\u2019ll see if the MySQL folks complete their answer before\n\nthen.\u00a0 \u00a0 The news caps off what has been a busy few weeks in the database\n\nbusiness. Databases a commodity? Nah. They\u2019re just free. Follow these\n\nlinks to information about no-cost databases from Oracle, Microsoft, MySQL, CA, Sun, IBM and Google.