may be moving – I need your help!

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 27, 2010

Got a call from my ISP this morning; a special deal I’d been getting for colocation of my server for the past ten years is going away at the end of November. Unless I can come up with approximately $160/month after that (for 1RU, one Ethernet drop, one static IP, 1megabit sustained bandwidth usage), I will have to find a new home for the machine. This will affect this site and all of the other mailing lists and services I run on the machine.

The system is currently located in Austin, TX, and I’m in Houston. If I move it, I would prefer moving it to somewhere in Houston, but the system has a serial console and I can pretty much do all management from anywhere.

Suggestions of colo providers (especially in Houston) will be GREATLY appreciated. Please contact

UPDATE: Situation not so dire, see the next post.

Oracle increasing MySQL Support Costs

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 8, 2010

According to this Register article, Oracle will be eliminating the Basic and Silver support options for MySQL (unless customers lock themselves into a 3-year contract now) and increasing prices on the remaining options.

This blog post has more thoughts on the matter from someone involved with the Postgresql side of things.

Personally, I think this is turning into a textbook example of how to buy a company, and then shoot yourself in the foot and drive away customers. Oracle’s “We’re the phone company, we don’t have to care”-type attitude may work with its Oracle database, but it certainly won’t work with smaller markets like MySQL (which has a perfectly free competitor in Postgresql) or the Solaris OS.