Oracle buys open source database developer


Oracle buys open source database developer

Antony Savvas

Oracle has continued its spending spree by snapping up Finnish open source database technology developer Innobase for an undisclosed sum.

Innobase is the creator of InnoDB, an add-on storage engine for the open source MySQL database.

InnoDB is distributed under the GNU GPL (General Public Licence) open source licence. The software is bundled with MySQL through a contract that is up for renewal next year.

Oracle said it expected to negotiate an extension to this contract.

Charles Rozwat, Oracle head of database and middleware technology, said, “Oracle intends continuing developing the InnoDB technology and expanding its commitment to open source software.

“Oracle has already developed and contributed an open source clustered file system to the Linux operating system, and we expect to make additional contributions in the future.”

Oracle’s recent acquisitions include the multi-billion dollar moves to buy PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems; plus Retek, ProfitLogic and TimesTen.

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