Oracle Makes Commitments to Customers, Developers and Users of MySQL

(marketwire) Oracle has engaged in
constructive discussions with the European Commission regarding the
concerns expressed by the Commission about the Oracle/Sun Microsystems
transaction, and in particular the maintenance of MySQL as a competitive
force in the database market.

In order further to reassure the Commission, Oracle hereby publicly commits
to the following:

1. Continued Availability of Storage Engine APIs. Oracle shall
maintain and periodically enhance MySQL’s Pluggable Storage Engine
Architecture to allow users the flexibility to choose from a portfolio of
native and third party supplied storage engines.

MySQL’s Pluggable Storage Engine Architecture shall mean MySQL’s current
practice of using, publicly-available, documented application programming
interfaces to allow storage engine vendors to "plug" into the MySQL
database server. Documentation shall be consistent with the documentation
currently provided by Sun.

2. Non-assertion. As copyright holder, Oracle will change Sun’s
current policy and shall not assert or threaten to assert against anyone
that a third party vendor’s implementations of storage engines must be
released under the GPL because they have implemented the application
programming interfaces available as part of MySQL’s Pluggable Storage
Engine Architecture.

A commercial license will not be required by Oracle from third party
storage engine vendors in order to implement the application programming
interfaces available as part of MySQL’s Pluggable Storage Engine
Architecture.

Oracle shall reproduce this commitment in contractual commitments to
storage vendors who at present have a commercial license with Sun.

3. License commitment. Upon termination of their current MySQL OEM
Agreement, Oracle shall offer storage vendors who at present have a
commercial license with Sun an extension of their Agreement on the same
terms and conditions for a term not exceeding December 10, 2014.

Oracle shall reproduce this commitment in contractual commitments to
storage vendors who at present have a commercial license with Sun.

4. Commitment to enhance MySQL in the future under the GPL. Oracle
shall continue to enhance MySQL and make subsequent versions of MySQL,
including Version 6, available under the GPL. Oracle will not release any
new, enhanced version of MySQL Enterprise Edition without contemporaneously
releasing a new, also enhanced version of MySQL Community Edition licensed
under the GPL. Oracle shall continue to make the source code of all
versions of MySQL Community Edition publicly available at no charge.

5. Support not mandatory. Customers will not be required to
purchase support services from Oracle as a condition to obtaining a
commercial license to MySQL.

6. Increase spending on MySQL research and development. Oracle
commits to make available appropriate funding for the MySQL continued
development (GPL version and commercial version). During each of the next
three years, Oracle will spend more on research and development (R&D) for
the MySQL Global Business Unit than Sun spent in its most recent fiscal
year (USD 24 million) preceding the closing of the transaction.

7. MySQL Customer Advisory Board. No later than six months after
the anniversary of the closing, Oracle will create and fund a customer
advisory board, including in particular end users and embedded customers,
to provide guidance and feedback on MySQL development priorities and other
issues of importance to MySQL customers.

8. MySQL Storage Engine Vendor Advisory Board. No later than six
months after the anniversary of the closing, Oracle will create and fund a
storage engine vendor advisory board, to provide guidance and feedback on
MySQL development priorities and other issues of importance to MySQL
storage engine vendors.

9. MySQL Reference Manual. Oracle will continue to maintain,
update and make available for download at no charge a MySQL Reference
Manual similar in quality to that currently made available by Sun.

10. Preserve Customer Choice for Support. Oracle will ensure that
end-user and embedded customers paying for MySQL support subscriptions will
be able to renew their subscriptions on an annual or multi-year basis,
according to the customer’s preference.

The geographic scope of these commitments shall be worldwide and these
commitments shall continue until the fifth anniversary of the closing of
the transaction.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements about
Oracle, Sun and MySQL, including statements that involve risks and
uncertainties such as the satisfaction of conditions to closing the
transaction, including clearance of the transaction by the European
Commission. When used in this press release, the words "shall," "plans,"
"commits" and "will" and other similar expressions and any other statements
that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as
forward-looking statements. Any such statement is subject to a number of
potential risks and uncertainties, which may include, among others, the
possibility that the transaction will not be cleared by relevant regulatory
authorities, the transaction may not otherwise close or that the closing of
the proposed transaction may be further delayed and the possibility that
Oracle or Sun may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or
competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that the
European Commission will clear the transaction, that the closing will
transpire or occur, or if these events occur, what impact they will have on
the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Sun.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Sun,
respectively, file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC")
on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K for additional risks. You are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of
the date of this press release. Neither Oracle nor Sun is under any duty to
update any of the information in this press release.

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