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MySQL Reopens SAP's Database for the Public

Open-source database software maker MySQL AB has released a new, more powerful complement to its MySQL flagship database.

Called MaxDB version 7.5.00.06, the latest release, which was built on database assets it acquired from SAP in May, is more robust than MySQL's main product and also boasts such features as stored procedures, triggers and views, which MySQL lacks.

It is also SAP-certified, meaning it is primed to run large mySAP ERP environments and other applications that require maximum enterprise-level database functionality.

Essentially, Sweden's MySQL, which has made its name by offering its database both free under the General Public License (GPL) and as a low-cost alternative to low-end products from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM for commercial license, picked up SAP's DB to better compete with higher octane products from its rivals.

On of the knocks against MySQL had been that the product was too basic, lacking in features that appeal to enterprise-class users. MySQL hopes that tag will disappear over time with the emergence of products like Max DB. MySQL positions its flagship database server as a system that is noted for its speed, stability and ease of use, while MaxDB is certified for SAP applications and includes features not available in the MySQL server, including snapshots, archive tables and replication.

A re-branded and enhanced version of SAP DB, Max DB fell under the directive of MySQL last spring through a technology and cross licensing picked up">partnership with applications maker SAP.

MySQL has acquired full commercial rights to develop and market future releases of SAP DB, of which there are roughly 5,000 customer installations. SAP DB users include Intel, DaimlerChrysler, Braun, Bayer, Colgate, Yamaha and Toyota South Africa. MySQL and SAP are also developing a future MySQL enterprise database that uses both MySQL and MaxDB.

MySQL has also released an "alpha" development version of MySQL Proxy, a standalone software program for users to employ MySQL database clients to transfer data between MySQL and MaxDB databases.

"MaxDB addresses the needs of corporations that require an enterprise database with a complete feature set," said Marten Mickos, MySQL AB CEO. "Driving cost from IT operations is a strategic priority for organizations today. With the MaxDB and MySQL databases, enterprises can rightsize their database usage for enormous cost savings without having to compromise on features, performance or reliability."

As it does with all of its product, MySQL is offering MaxDB under the "dual license" business model, meaning MaxDB will be free under the GPL and also under a license aimed at commercial customers and software vendors. A MaxDB commercial license is priced at $49 per named user, on single-CPU systems with a minimum of five users, or, customers may pay $1,490 per CPU.