[보존] 외신(포기) 전 MySQL CEO, 유럽당국에 오라클의 썬 인수 승인 촉구

자료 091009 외신(포기) 오라클 썬 인수 MySQL

미코스는 2001~2009년까지 MySQL 경영했음
마틴 미코스(Marten Mickos) 전 MySQL CEO, 유럽연합(EU) 위원들에게 오라클의 썬과 MySQL 데이터베이스 그룹 인수를 승인하라고 권고

닐리 크로스(Neelie Kroes) 유럽 뭐(EC) 경쟁부문 위원에게 쓴 편지에서 오라클이 썬과 오픈소스 데이터베이스 SW를 인수하는 것이 시장에 해로울 수 있을지 아닐지 의문한 유럽연합 위원들은 타당했다고 말함
but 오라클이 인수하는 것은 경쟁을 해치지 않을 것이라 믿으며

인수를 일시 정지하는 것은
“일상적 불확실성이 시장에서 경쟁을 감소시켜 썬의 사업에 해로움
인수작업 완료 시기가 늦으면 훌륭한 목표에 반하는 일” 이 될것이라 생각함

It’s not clear what effect Mickos’ letter will have on the regulators, but Mickos knows MySQL’s business well, and Oracle can use any help it can get in dealing with the acquisition. The U.S. Department of Justice approved the Sun acquisition in August.
미코스의 편지가 위원들에게 어떤 영향을 줄지 불명확하지만 미코스는 MySQL 사업이 잘나가며 오라클이 인수 거래에

Mickos, now entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital, said in an interview that he no longer has anything financially to gain from the transaction. Instead, he’s motivated now by trying to help the employees still at Sun–and moreover, its MySQL unit–urging rational discussion about the matter.

“I couldn’t live with the fact that I’m not taking action,” Mickos said.

Mickos declined Oracle’s advances when MySQL was independent, but he agreed to Sun’s acquisition in 2008.

In September, the European Commission said MySQL was at the heart of its investigation of the Sun acquisition:

The Commission’s preliminary market investigation has shown that the Oracle databases and Sun’s MySQL compete directly in many sectors of the database market and that MySQL is widely expected to represent a greater competitive constraint, as it becomes increasingly functional.

The Commission’s investigation has also shown that the open-source nature of Sun’s MySQL might not eliminate fully the potential for anticompetitive effects. In its in-depth investigation, the Commission will therefore address a number of issues, including Oracle’s incentive to further develop MySQL as an open-source database.

Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison said MySQL competes in a different part of the database market than Oracle’s existing products and that Oracle has no plans to spin MySQL off into a separate company.

Mickos summarized his argument this way:

1. Oracle has as many compelling business reasons to continue the ramp-up of the MySQL business as Sun Microsystems and MySQL previously did, or even more.

2. Even if Oracle, for whatever reason, would have malicious or ignorant intent regarding MySQL (not that I think so), the positive and massive influence MySQL has on the DBMS market cannot be controlled by a single entity–not even by the owner of the MySQL assets. The users of MySQL exert a more powerful influence in the market than the owner does.

MySQL is used to power large-scale Web sites with many servers, a role for which Oracle’s back-end database software isn’t suited, he argued. It’s therefore in Oracle’s interest to boost the MySQL business, Mickos said.

As evidence for his case, Mickos pointed to Oracle’s 2005 acquisition of InnoDB, whose database engine software is used within MySQL. “Oracle increased their investment in InnoDB since that time, making MySQL a stronger player in the market,” he said.

And perhaps reflecting his new role at a venture capital firm, Mickos concluded with a note about the broader effect of the EU’s actions:

“If…it becomes difficult or impossible for large companies to acquire open-source assets, then venture investments in open-source companies will slow down, harming the evolution of and innovation in open source, which would result in decreased competition,” he said.

[1] http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-10371347-264.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

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