Quote Originally Posted by JDShu View Post
The way they work is very different, but they target the same market, so yes, they are competitors.
If there's overlap in some situations, it's not one I've experienced. Not that I've experience everything, so I'll freely admit I'm probably wrong.

I guess my own experiences where I work (and other db's as well), I can't remember a situation where there was a debate between using one or the other. When Oracle was used, it was the only thing that would have worked, and when MySQL was used it would have been laughable to use Oracle.

Anecdote: I happen to know somebody who interviewed at Oracle. As part of the inteview, he had to give a satisfactory presentation that showed that Oracle is a better database than MySQL.
Fair enough.