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Migration tools come and go in the turf wars between the enterprise vendors.

Over the years we’ve had Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange migration tools and tools to swap one company’s database for another.

Under the latter category, Oracle is now throwing open source at Microsoft in the form of a migration tool to shift users off of Redmond’s latest database.

Oracle new migration tools will move data from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL, which Oracle bought from Sun. The tools come as part of the MySQL Workbench.

Oracle claimed the migration tool would also shift database tables and data to MySQL and “quickly” convert existing apps.

Pushing its case for conversion, Oracle claimed MySQL would reduce total cost of ownership for database customers by up to 90 per cent when compared to Microsoft’s SQL Server 2012.

Oracle is also pushing its database as a back-end to Microsoft’s Excel.

With the migration tool Oracle is also offering a MySQL for Excel plug-in, which it said would allow data analysts to play with data in Microsoft’s spreadsheet without needing to know MySQL.

Microsoft released SQL Server 2012 earlier this year, and its database is one of Microsoft’s fastest-growing businesses. SQL Server only runs on Windows, while – under Sun Microsystems – Microsoft had helped tune MySQL to its platform to attract open sourcers building apps for OEMs and for the web.

Oracle’s tools are available here. ®

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