The Oracle-Sun acquisition could thrive under oracle ownership according to analysts, but it could be a bleaker outcome for MySQL.
MySQL is not going away, said Forrester analyst James Kobielus. That's one of the key assets Oracle is buying here, and they know it. Adding that, Java and the Solaris operating system are the Sun’s two key assets in a decision to buy the firm.
Oracle's Database 11g will remain the company's flagship product, but that doesn't mean MySQL and its users will suffer under the hand of CEO Larry Ellison.
The deal $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun was seen as good news by MySQL users as concern mounted that Sun would not survive the current economic slump unless it was purchased by a more stable company, Kobielus said.
However, analyst Glyn Moody predicted a bleaker outcome for MySQL. There is no way that Oracle will promote MySQL heavily. At best it will become the low-end alternative for customers who moan that the main Oracle database offering is too costly.
Oracle's aim will be to throttle the upstart pretender to the throne in order to protect the reigning monarch said Moody.
Meanwhile, IDC analyst Jean Bozman said, MySQL customers shouldn't worry. In a fact, that there is a room for multiple databases within enterprise data centers today.
Oracle shares fell 24 cents to 1.26 percent at $18.82, and Sun shares rose to $2.46 to 36.77 at $9.15 in the early Monday trading.