The Basic plan is a no-frills option: It's essentially the Pro version of MySQL Enterprise Server with very limited support. The Silver plan is also the Pro version of the database along with feature such as an enterprise dashboard, various advisors, and slightly more support. The Basic plan currently costs $599 per server per year; the Silver plan costs $1,999 per server per year.
The remaining plans, Gold and Platinum, comprise the Advanced version of MySQL Enterprise Server and various types of features and support suited for the larger businesses -- and priced accordingly: The Gold license is currently $2,999 per server per year while Platinum runs $4,999 per server per year.
That means that even without the forthcoming price hike, Basic users will see their annual license fees quintuple as they'll be forced to upgrade to Gold -- that is, if they don't take advantage of Oracle's gracious offer: "If you wish to continue with Basic or Silver you will need to sign a multi-year agreement and you would be able to keep using Basic or Silver for up to another 3 years," reads the sales letter from Oracle.
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