Oracle Buys Innobase

Jeremy talks about Oracle buying Innobase, the folks behind InnoDB for MySQL. I don’t really have too much to add, I suspect most people are at least a little bit nervous at what Oracle might do to InnoDB development. Even if Oracle doesn’t do anything (one way or the other), this will certainly make people wonder about the future of InnoDB.

What attraction does Innobase have for Oracle? I doubt that it is their technology, even with everything that InnoDB has brought to MySQL, Oracle’s database does much more. I can’t image that share holders would like the idea of Oracle funding a competitor out of kindness. It is possible that they are mostly interested in the people/talent at Innobase, but if those folks start working on Oracle projects where does that leave InnoDB development?

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