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MySQL slashes price of DB

MySQL AB, developer of the world's most popular open source database, today unveiled a simpler way for large and growing organizations to acquire and adopt enterprise software. Designed with a customer's perspective in mind, a one-year MySQL Enterprise Unlimited subscription offers a company-wide enterprise site agreement at the unprecedented low price of $40,000 (EUR 32,000, GBP 24,000).

"MySQL Enterprise has made it significantly easier to purchase database software and technical support for our entire organization," said Glenn Bergeron, systems manager for Instaclick Inc., one of the first companies to take advantage of MySQL Enterprise Unlimited. "This new offering is ideal for corporate IT organizations with a growing number of projects but a tightly-fixed budget."

MySQL Enterprise Unlimited is designed for companies with existing site licenses for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase and IBM DB2. Last year, a survey of the Independent Oracle User Group showed that a full third of its membership also used MySQL. With a MySQL Enterprise Unlimited subscription, an organization can develop, manage and fully support any number of MySQL database applications -- significantly reducing IT time, cost and risk.

"Due in large part to advantages in distribution and volume, open source has the ability to disrupt traditional enterprise software pricing," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst for RedMonk. "MySQL is attempting to prove as much with its latest site wide agreements, which offer customers the ability to support every database across their enterprise at a fraction of the traditional cost."

In the past year, MySQL AB has experienced record growth in its enterprise subscription business. In the fourth quarter, the company launched its new MySQL Enterprise offering, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services. [See today's related press release, "MySQL AB Completes Record Year".]

A MySQL Enterprise subscription consists of:

* MySQL Enterprise Server Software - the most reliable, secure and up-to-date version of the world's most popular open source database. MySQL Enterprise subscribers receive monthly software updates, quarterly service packs, and emergency hot fix builds, as well as a customizable MySQL Install and Configuration Wizard for a wide range of popular platforms.

* MySQL Network Monitoring & Advisory Services - A new dynamically-delivered subscription offering for MySQL customers. MySQL Network continuously monitors a user's database servers, alerting them to -- and helping them solve -- potential problems before they can impact critical applications. It includes over 65 expert Advisor Rules in important areas such as database security, performance optimization, schema design, DBA best practices, and master/slave replication. MySQL AB will deliver new rules in the future, and users can create and customize their own.

* Premier Enterprise-class Production Support - Addressing the concerns of many IT organizations using open source technology, MySQL AB provides 24x7 telephone, Knowledge Base, and Web support directly from the developers of MySQL software. Additionally, with MySQL Consultative Support, senior support engineers can assist organizations in optimizing their database application design to pre-emptively avoid costly outages and other unforeseen problems.

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