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Oracle tempts Microsoft SQL users to MySQL with migration tool

Dangles migration help to undercut Microsoft
Wed Jul 25 2012, 17:11
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DATABASE AND APPLICATIONS VENDOR Oracle has added a Microsoft SQL migration tool for its free MySQL database management system (DBMS).

Oracle picked up the popular MySQL DBMS when it bought Sun Microsystems, and since then the firm has, to the surprise of some, continued to develop and maintain the free and highly capable DBMS software. Now Oracle is trying to tempt Microsoft SQL users to switch by offering a free migration tool in its MySQL Workbench application.

Oracle is working hard to make it as easy as possible for Microsoft SQL Server users to migrate to MySQL by replicating Microsoft SQL Server's administration look and feel through its MySQL Notifier application. The firm also introduced a MySQL for Microsoft Excel plug-in that allows Excel users to tap into MySQL data without having to deal with SQL commands.

Tomas Ulin, VP of MySQL Engineering at Oracle said, "Oracle continues to deliver MySQL innovations and more value to Windows users and ISVs. Easier migration, better data management, administration and monitoring, as well as easier installation and more configuration options make MySQL the ideal platform for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications on Windows."

Oracle seems to be so keen to try to lure users away from Microsoft SQL Server that it is happy for them to use its free product and hope that either they will buy support contracts or eventually upgrade to its expensive, enterprise focused Oracle DBMS. µ


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