January 26, 2006

SAP, MaxDB, and MySQL, updated

I’ve had a chance to clarify and correct my understanding of the relationship between SAP, MaxDB, and MySQL. The story is this:

And by the way, MaxDB’s share in SAP’s user base is about the same as DB2’s (at least DB2 for open systems). MaxDB is being aggressively supported, and nobody should get any ideas to the contrary!


6 Responses to “SAP, MaxDB, and MySQL, updated”

  1. DBMS2 — DataBase Management System Services»Blog Archive » MySQL disclaims interest in the ERP market on February 16th, 2006 1:27 am

    […] With Oracle acquiring first Innobase and now Sleepycat, MySQL has been under the gun to position itself more sharply. In response, their CEO reportedly disclaimed interest in the ERP market. That surprises me, as it contradicts what I hear from SAP, and have heard from the company in the past. […]

  2. The Monash Report»Blog Archive » MySQL vs. the big guys on March 1st, 2007 11:34 am

    […] As I’ve previously noted, the expectation is that MySQL will wind up getting share in SAP’s customer base. At least, the expectation is that their technology will be good enough to do so. The business reasons for SAP to favor this outcome are of course pretty obvious. Almost the only remaining question is whether SAP will back MySQL with great force, or whether it will divide its love between MySQL and its own inhouse DBMS product MaxDB. • • • […]

  3. Thomas Pham on November 27th, 2007 10:18 am

    SAP has ended their relationship with MySQL as of Nov. 2007. This has been a big disappointment for our client. Instead of paying MAXDB database as needed for each production database instance, SAP is now requiring them to pay the full 3% fee of SAP licensing to use MAXDB.

    Thomas Pham

  4. Curt Monash on November 27th, 2007 8:58 pm


    How much money are we talking about? And how does the price compare to that of Oracle or DB2 or other DBMS that can be bought off of SAP’s price list?



  5. SAP takes back MaxDB from MySQL | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on August 9th, 2008 1:11 am

    […] back in January, 2006, I wrote that MaxDB was not getting merged into MySQL. Given that, it makes sense for SAP to take back control of the product. As The Reg reports, […]

  6. Notes on the technology supporting packaged application software | Software Memories on November 11th, 2015 5:32 am

    […] MaxDB has been a low-cost DBMS option underneath SAP for a very long time. […]

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