MySQL has released a beta version of a tool for customers migrating from competing products to its own open-source database.

The MySQL Migration Suite is currently aimed at customers of Oracle or Microsoft's Access. Future versions will support Microsoft SQL Server, IBM's DB2 and Informix databases and Sybase's database.

MySQL has often said its database complements, rather than competes with, databases from the major vendors, but thismigration tool suggests otherwise. Availability of the new beta was announced at the company's user conference where MySQL is also highlighting an upgrade to its database aimed at corporate users. Called MySQL 5.0, the new database release is due for release by the end of the second quarter.