Can Oracle lure more Windows users to the open source MySQL? Can it steal share from rival SQL Server?
For over a decade, the open source MySQL database has been a critical component of the LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack.
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is now moving to make MySQL more attractive for Microsoft Windows users in an effort that might help it to take share from rival SQL Server. Oracle this week announced a new installer for Windows that is intended to help accelerate deployments.
"Windows is a major development and deployment platform for MySQL," an Oracle spokesperson told InternetNews.com. "This new installer demonstrates Oracle's continued investment in the MySQL technology and specifically to improving the MySQL experience for Windows users."
Oracle acquired the MySQL database as part of the acquisition of Sun in January 2010. Oracle has since updated MySQL multiple times and most recently releases a preview release of MySQL 5.6.
The Oracle spokesperson added that by providing Windows users with a simple, visual installer, they can go from download to having a MySQL system up and running in 5 minutes. According to Oracle, the new MySQL for Windows installer enables users to get the open source database up and running in one-third of the time it previously took.
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