Database industry watchers have been wondering how MySQL
would respond to Oracle’s surprise purchase of Innobase, a small Finnish
company that supplies some key technology for MySQL’s enterprise
database efforts. Now it appears we have the beginnings of an answer.
“Obviously because Oracle made that acquisition we are evaluating
options to replace that functionality in some way,” said Richard Mason,
vice president of MySQL for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),
according to and IDG News Service wire report. “We’re not at the point
yet where we can go public with what that plan is, but we will be
MySQL’s contract with Innobase is reportedly up for renewal next year,
so we’ll see if the MySQL folks complete their answer before
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