There are a bunch of new features that make MySQL more secure and more reliable, and therefore even more “enterprise ready”. It’s ironic that so many people at SAP complain about sending revenue dollars to Oracle on the database side of the house, yet the one company that can truly disrupt Oracle’s database business is MySQL and SAP can’t seem to get it together to get a deal done (Walldorfitis at work). On top of all that, SAP is an investor in the company so they stand to gain in more ways than just depriving Oracle of database dollars. This one thing frustrated me more than any other issue.
MySQL Enterprise is available as an annual subscription in four different tiers (Basic, Silver, Gold, Platinum.) Existing (and new) subscribers gain access to new management tools which Marten described as “leading edge.”