With new features in the latest version of MySQL, like subqueries and a new binary format, the company has become a stronger competitor against much larger companies, and seems poised to bite into their revenues. Even more importantly, MySQL might actually spark some fundamental changes in the market.
In many ways, it seems like a David and Goliath story: a spunky open-source company eyeing the same market as an enormous competitor that is vacuuming up smaller firms as it goes.
Can open-source darling MySQL take on the likes of Oracle , and even larger rivals Microsoft and IBM ?
It is not as impossible as it might seem. "It's not a matter of a small fish eating a giant one in a single gulp," said META Group analyst Charlie Garry. "Rather, it's more like how you'd eat an elephant. Piece by piece."
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