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New Year Special Features '99

  • SoftAgency Offers Support For MySQL Database Product
  • January 12, 1999 (TOKYO) — SoftAgency Co., Ltd. started a business on Jan. 1 to license and support MySQL, an open source database management system (DBMS) developed by TCX DataKonsult AB of Sweden.
    MySQL is a DBMS system for small and midsize businesses and it will run on a variety of UNIX systems, OS/2 or Windows platforms. The product was developed with high performance as a priority, and for that reason it is known for its fast data search capabilities.

    MySQL is free, except for the Microsoft Windows versions. However, a licensing fee is necessary for sales of MySQL or offering installation services for end users. License payments are possible through the TCX Web site. But most Japanese users are reluctant to make such payments via the site because of the complex settlement procedures.

    SoftAgency reached a consulting agreement with TCX and began to sell MySQL and its support services. Japanese users benefit by receiving services in Japanese.

    Licensing and support fees are as follows.

    MySQL License: 28,000 yen (US$250) MySQL Basic Annual Email Support: 28,000 yen MySQL Extended Annual Email Support: 150,000 yen (US$1,345) MySQL Basic Annual Login Support: 280,000 yen MySQL Extended Annual Login Support: 680,000 yen (US$6,100)

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