Dan Lyons writes the following on his blog regarding a potential acquisition of Ingres by Red Hat Inc.:
They need a database to fill out their stack. MySQL presents problems for various reasons — one of which is that Larry owns InnoDB, the company that makes the MySQL database engine. Ingres on the other hand is tried and true technology, fully owned by Ingres and not dependent on some weird little company in Finland for a crucial part of its system. And Ingres has a serious management team, something Red Hat desperately needs. Are they talking already? If not, they should be.
With Oracle putting the squeeze on its Linux support margins, Red Hat might consider an acquisition of an open-source database vendor — and Ingres qualifies. We’ll have to see what transpires.