March 18, 2009

Database implications if IBM acquires Sun

Reported or rumored merger discussions between IBM and Sun are generating huge amounts of discussion today (some links below). Here are some quick thoughts around the subject of how the IBM/Sun deal — if it happens — might affect the database management system industry.

*A Barney partnership is one in which two or more vendors get on stage and do a song and dance about how much they love each other, with little substance beyond that.

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10 Responses to “Database implications if IBM acquires Sun”

  1. Paw Hellegaard on March 18th, 2009 4:12 pm

    IBM is the best in the Market!.. but great article, i have substribed your feed to my reader – Thanks!

  2. Peter on March 18th, 2009 6:59 pm

    Given IBM’s track record with acquired DBs. What would happen to MySQL?

  3. Curt Monash on March 19th, 2009 1:53 am

    The industry as a whole has a decent track record of upgrading acquired DBMS, and IBM is no exception.

    More would be needed in the case of MySQL — but given its visibility, that’s not unrealistic.

  4. Peter on March 19th, 2009 1:32 pm

    Come to think of it. Open Office is SUN. MySQL is SUN. Why did they never put it together?

    Maybe MySQL is here to stay, but I don’t see it as a commercially successful product, in case it ends up with IBM. It is just breadcrumbs compared to DB2 sales.

  5. Joe Celko on March 19th, 2009 3:48 pm

    >> Maybe MySQL is here to stay, but I don’t see it as a commercially successful product, in case it ends up with IBM. It is just breadcrumbs compared to DB2 sales. <<

    I disagree. Look at how much of the web is LAMP based and remember that L= Linux and M= MySQL. Wow, IBM would suddenly be in a very strong Internet position against Microsoft!

  6. Peter on March 19th, 2009 5:25 pm

    What I meant is commercially successful product. I don’t think the open source free version is at stake. I am wondering how IBM would “sell” it, as MySQL did.

  7. Bob Michaels on March 22nd, 2009 11:32 am

    MySQL + DB2 + Informix + IMS + Cloudscape + IBM SolidDB + Unidata + Universe + IMS …

    Sounds like a ton of redundancy. How many database engineers, product managers, marketers, etc does it take to make a single database engine that supports the requirements of analytics, transactional and read mostly applications. I say it time for some product rationalization efforts to begin at IBM, especially if MySQL comes into play.

  8. Bob Michaels on March 24th, 2009 7:56 am

    Well look at that, a MySQL storage engine for DB2 for i (DB2/400)
    Yet another angle for the acquisition of Sun by IBM.

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