Oracle announced that it has added Berkeley DB to its embedded database product line, which includes Oracle Lite for mobile devices and Oracle TimesTen for high performance in-memory database applications.

"We're very excited to join the world's largest enterprise software company and the industry's leading database company," said Mike Olson, CEO of Sleepycat Software. "Sleepycat's products, customer base and proven business model, combined with Oracle's tremendous expertise, complementary technology and resources, will allow us to better serve the needs of our customers and the open source community."

According to Carl Olofson of IDC's research, "The embedded database market was projected last year to be just over $2 billion in 2005 and forecasted to grow to over $3.2 billion by the year 2009. This market is very diverse, and the technologies tend to be quite specialized. Sleepycat's Berkeley DB complements Oracle TimesTen and Oracle Lite, allowing Oracle to address a broad range of segments within the embedded DBMS market."

Sleepycat Software's Berkeley DB's deployments are estimated at more than 200 million. Berkeley DB is distributed under a dual license model, i.e., available under a public license and also available under a commercial license. Well-known open source projects such as the Linux and BSD UNIX operating systems, Apache Web server, OpenLDAP directory, OpenOffice productivity software and many others embed Berkeley DB technology.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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