SAP DB to be rebranded MaxDB

Sweden's MySQL, which took over development of SAP's SAP DB open source database software in May, is to rename the product MaxDB...

Sweden's MySQL, which took over development of SAP's SAP DB open source database software in May, is to rename the product MaxDB and will work with SAP on developing a further enterprise database product.

The Swedish open source database supplier will offer MaxDB as a MySQL product beginning in the fourth quarter of 2003.

MySQL will jointly develop and support MaxDB with SAP, with MySQL taking the product management lead. Both companies will offer the product to their respective customers.

Moreover, MySQL will collaborate with SAP on developing a new MySQL enterprise database that builds on the strengths of the MySQL and MaxDB open source database products.

As part of the rebranding activities, the Swedish company will also rename its current MySQL product MySQL Max. MySQL Max is a database product package including all MySQL storage engines.

SAP agreed in May to hand over lead development of its open source database software to MySQL in a move that the German company said would help increase muscle behind the open-source movement.

MaxDB will target large SAP R/3 environments and other applications requiring high enterprise-level database functionality. The software will include interoperability features to support migration between it and the MySQL database. Users will be able to build applications using both the MaxDB and MySQL databases.

The current version of SAP DB is 7.4. All subsequent versions will carry the name MaxDB by MySQL. The first MaxDB release, 7.5.00, will be a straight rebranding of SAP DB 7.4. The next version, MaxDB 7.5.01, will offer the added functionality to ensure interoperability with the MySQL database.

MaxDB version 7.5 will have full backward compatibility with SAP DB 7.4, the statement said.

When MaxDB is released in the fourth quarter, the current website will move to From then on, all MaxDB information, documentation and downloads will be available at the MySQL website.

SAP DB versions 7.3 and 7.4 will be available for download from the MySQL website until 31 March 2004.

As for licensing and support, MySQL will offer customers two ways to license MaxDB: they can obtain the product for free under the terms of the open source General Public Licence or pay for a commercial licence if they do not want to make their products open-source compliant.

MySQL provided no price information for the commercial licence.

SAP will provide support for MaxDB and, together with MySQL, for SAP DB commercial licences sold by MySQL.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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