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When Oracle announced it planned to acquire Sun Microsystems, concern about the fate of MySQL arose immediately. Roughly a year later, the deal is done, but questions still remain.

Today, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven plans to answer some of those queries with a keynote at the O’Reilly MySQL Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. In a conversation with eWEEK before the event, he opened the door to some of Oracle’s plans for the database, which he said focuses on both improving MySQL and maintaining its traditional niche.

What made MySQL successful, he explained, is that it is lightweight and easy to install and administer.