The curious case of the disappearing commercial database


In “The Curious Case of the Disappearing Closed Source Databases”, Michael “Monty” Widenius takes a stab at migration. More specifically, migrating from a closed source database such as Oracle, to MariaDB Server. In this intriguing new presentation, Monty starts at the beginning – why software first was free, how closed source came about, and the counter reaction of Free Software (which later became known also as Open Source).

The historic overview is just a fresh start from the fundamentals, until Monty goes into the reasons behind stagnating sales of Closed Source databases, and why migrating to open source saves cost. The core part of his presentation are based on war stories from migrating Asia’s biggest bank, DBS Bank from Singapore, off Oracle to a nearly-complete MariaDB shop.

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Date and time

  • Tuesday 5 October, 14.03 – 14.40 CEST (UTC +2), 8:03am – 8:40am New York time, 20:03 – 20:40 Beijing/Singapore time


Monty Widenius
CTO of MariaDB Corporation

Michael “Monty” Widenius is the “spiritual father” of MariaDB, one of the original developers of MySQL, and a renowned advocate for the open source software movement. In addition to serving as CTO for the MariaDB Corporation, he is also a Founder and a board member of the MariaDB Foundation. He was a founder at SkySQL, and the CTO of MySQL AB until its sale to Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). Monty was also the founder of TCX DataKonsult AB, a Swedish data warehousing company. He is the co-author of the “MySQL Reference Manual” and was named Finnish Software Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. In 2015, Monty was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the Finnish IT market. Monty studied at Helsinki University of Technology and lives in Finland.