Sun buy MySQL AB

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Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz has announced on his blog that Sun are acquiring MySQL AB, the parent company and commercial arm of popular relational database system MySQL.

... we're putting a billion dollars behind the M in LAMP. If you're an industry insider, you'll know what that means - we're acquiring MySQL AB, the company behind MySQL, the world's most popular open source database... So what are we announcing today? That in addition to acquiring MySQL, Sun will be unveiling new global support offerings into the MySQL marketplace. We'll be investing in both the community, and the marketplace - to accelerate the industry's phase change away from proprietary technology to the new world of open web platforms.

This is a very important development and definitely proves what we already know - that the MySQL database system is a critical part of the modern web. Sun clearly recognise that and it is encouraging that they are putting serious resources behind it.

One of the possible benefits this might bring about is that businesses that are currently on the fence about choosing an open source solution because of a relatively small company doing the support may well end up going for MySQL if they can get enterprise support from a big name like Sun.

Also, I'm sure that one of the motivations for this move is that owning MySQL will allow Sun to better integrate it into their product portfolio. Having control means they can work hard to make MySQL work really well on their hardware platforms and on Solaris and provide even better blended support for it. Which strengthens the case for Solaris and perhaps their hardware too.

Of course, this doesn't mean anything bad for existing deployments on platforms like Linux. Sun has clearly shown that it genuinely wants to work to make things work on any platform, even platforms that compete with theirs. Unlike some companies I could mention.

The bottom line is - this looks like a very positive move for MySQL as an enterprise product and with any luck should increase enterprise usage of MySQL and therefore strengthen open source in general.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Sun buy MySQL AB

  1. Diego (guest)

    # Posted on 16 January 2008 at 01:46 PM

    I only hope it to not be in any way integrated with java. I deeply hate java, it sucks in every azpect as an interpreted language. The only reason why java is so popular, is the good jov on Marqueting from Sun and the big name of sun. But Java sucks.

    Cheers from Argentina.

  2. Jose (guest)

    # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 07:29 PM

    Diego, why Java sucks? Have you got good experience with it that can prove this assertion of yours?


  3. jm (guest)

    # Posted on 12 March 2008 at 06:10 AM

    Although it's a good news for MySQL it might not be such good thing for SUN. Oracle had already taken a serious option by acquiring the only 2 serious storage engines for MySQL

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