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Was MaxDB ever away from under the SAP roof?

No, it never was. The cooperation between SAP and MySQL mainly ended up in cross-licensing and cross-selling. All development activities on MaxDB have always remained at SAP.

Effectively August/September 2007 SAP AG and MySQL AB have jointly agreed to terminate their reselling agreement with respect to MaxDB.  

SAP focuses on MaxDB, MySQL focuses  on the MySQL Server. MySQL has stopped all reselling activities for MaxDB and all MaxDB prospects are referred to SAP for a follow-up. The MaxDB product page on the mysql.com website has been shut down and the mailing list will follow. MySQL will fulfill their support contracts on MaxDB and SAP will take care of these customers after the contracts have expired. Customers having bought the database license for their SAP solutions from MySQL are already integrated in the SAP service scenario and do not have anything to change. 

MaxDB is the one-stop-shop choice as database for SAP solutions and available for almost all SAP solutions. SAP customers get MaxDB together with SAP Solutions or SAP Technology as part of the SAP distribution media or the SAP service marketplace respectively. 

To foster the usage of MaxDB beyond SAP solutions, SAP provides MaxDB downloads for Linux and Windows in the SAP Community Network  These downloads are tied to a MaxDB community license with no extra cost. Patches will be supplied as they arrive. (In the SDN ‘Downloads’ section ‘Evaluation Software’: ‘MaxDB – Community Edition’)

For getting help the community can use the SAP MaxDB, where users help each other and the MaxDB development team monitors and moderate the threads on a voluntary basis. The MaxDB forum will take the role of the mailing list. Further commercial support concepts to cover mission critical use requirements outside of SAP scenarios are currently subject to discussion. 

The MaxDB Wiki provides a lot of MaxDB product knowledge and further information.

Join MaxDB and be welcome with further questions around this topic.

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