Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sun IDM now supports MySQL in production

For a long time, Sun has supported use of a MySQL repository for development purposes only with their Identity Manager product. After Sun purchased MySQL, it seemed like only a matter of time until they supported it in production, as Sean O'Neill detailed here.

Well finally it looks like there is a low-cost option for IDM repositories. With patch 137621-08, Sun has released support for MySQL in IDM 7.1 and patch 139010-04 does the same for IDM 8.0.

We're currently using Oracle and it sure would be nice to move to MySQL. The repository doesn't use any of the advanced functionality that Oracle provides and administering an Oracle database is a lot more work than MySQL. Actually most of the headaches are caused by Oracle's "creative" licensing practices.

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