Even as Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) launches a MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate, there are no plans to offer MySQL as a PaaS platform within the new Oracle Cloud Partner Program. But Channel Chief Judson Althoff, speaking at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, described numerous other ways that Oracle is enhancing and promoting MySQL to partners and customers.

First, a litle background: Oracle's Cloud Partner Program essentially focuses on five areas:

  1. Cloud builders that want to construct private clouds for customers;

  2. Cloud agents that want to earn one-time referral fees for each customer they refer onto Oracle's public cloud;

  3. Rapid start cloud integrators that specialize in a specific Oracle technology;

  4. Cloud resellers, which earn ongoing recurring revenues by launching customers onto Oracle's cloud;

  5. Cloud ISVs that build solutions atop Oracle's public cloud.


Althoff is essentially saying that the cloud ISV effort will focus on Oracle database, middleware and application solutions rather than MySQL -- the open source database that Oracle acquired from the Sun Microsystems buyout.

Talkin' Cloud really isn't surprised by the news that MySQL won't be a focal area for Oracle's public cloud ISV push. Instead, Oracle has largely positioned MySQL as a low-cost alternative to Microsoft SQL Server. Back in July 2012, for instance, Oracle unveiled a migration tool that allows partners to migrate data from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL.

MySQL Connect 2012


Oracle is, however, spending considerable time and money on the MySQL discussion here. In addition to the main Oracle OpenWorld 2012 conference -- which attracted nearly 50,000 registrants -- there also is a MySQL Connect 2012 conference here.

At the MySQL gathering, Oracle announced MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate, which is available now for download and testing at: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/.

Oracle claims MySQL 5.6 offers:

  • better query execution times and diagnostics;

  • Better transactional throughput and application availability with an improved InnoDB storage engine:

  • full-text search with InnoDB; and

  • self-healing replication clusters.


Stay tuned for more updates from Oracle OpenWorld.