In early 2010, I noted that Oracle will only guarantee support to the open source version of MySQL until the end of January 2015 (or 5 years after the end of the transaction — that being the purchase of MySQL). A year and a half on and it looks like its well on schedule recently announcing that they’re now offering ‘commercial extensions‘ to the product.
The implication for this is obvious: we’re going to see more of these feature sets and ‘improvements’ on the commercial version of MySQL as opposed to the community version as to create enough doubt for corporate users who are a class of their own and who would invariably go for a more expensive solution ‘just to make sure’. The end result? why use open source mysql when you can buy? the purchase was, afterall, sweet revenge, as Oracle is able to effectively throttle competition from left field.
Purchasing MySQL is a medium term insurance policy, one which will have a maturity date of January 28, 2015.