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Oracle Strikes Back with Migration Tool Aimed at SQL Server

Call it the duel of the database migration tools. "The free Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) makes it easy to migrate data from Oracle, Microsoft Access, MySQL and Sybase to SQL Server," reads the Microsoft SSMA Web site. It's probably no coincidence that Oracle was listed first in that list of targeted databases for its tool, which was announced almost exactly two years ago.

Well, Oracle has answered back. "Oracle today announced a new migration tool that allows users to easily and quickly migrate data from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL," reads a July 25 news release.

And, in these tough economic times, Oracle is targeting users' pocketbooks. "By using MySQL over Microsoft SQL Server 2012, users can reduce their database total cost of ownership by up to 90 percent," Oracle claimed of its new tool, which is integrated with its MySQL Workbench, a visual administration/development software package. It also recognizes the importance of wooing developers, stating that "With MySQL Workbench, SQL Server developers and DBAs can quickly and easily convert existing applications to run MySQL on Windows as well as Linux and other platforms." The MySQL Workbench is available for download here.

Ironically, Oracle offered a database migration tool targeting MySQL users a couple years before it acquired MySQL in its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2009. Back then, it wanted users to convert to its 11g database.

So the players keep upgrading their ammunition and trading salvoes in their continuing database war. I wonder what the next move will be.

What do you think? Should developers go with SQL Server or MySQL? Or even NoSQL? Please share your thoughts with everyone by commenting here or dropping me an e-mail.

Posted by David Ramel on 08/01/2012 at 1:15 PM

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Sat, Dec 22, 2012 Irvine Ragdile

Definitely it is. Oracle trying to beat MS SQL and has succeeded at some extent but had been halted in that due to developer dependency and system change. Oracle trying to find an alternative to plugged out the MS SQL and lets see what they can do in that. Thanks for providing a chance to comment on such a great informative blog. We are worldwide business process management system [BPMS] providers!!

Fri, Aug 3, 2012

Even looking at performance SQL 2012 with Column Store runs circles around Oracle in our test SQL Server with Column Store was 10 times faster on same dataset and hardware.

Thu, Aug 2, 2012 Geek

To be honest, Oracle is so expensive for businesses that migrating from Oracle to SQL Server is just common sense. And running Oracle has no advantage vs SQL Server 2008R2/2012. On the other hand most companies are allergic to open source, whether it's MySQL or something else. Why doesn't them offer a tool to migrate SQL Server to Oracle? because they know nobody will attempt that stupidity. Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server makes economic sense, but the reverse make no sense.

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