Friday, January 18, 2008

Sun Acquires MySQL - A twist to the Open Source Tale

Well, times are getting better for Sun™, because Sun™ acquires MySQL and it now forms part of the Sun Microsystems™ Family.


This was announced by the CEO of Sun™ Jonathan Schwartz by email to all the employees and in his blog.
MySQL is one of the fastest growing and most popular Open Source DataBases in the World.
This is a big news for all the developers, and all the employees of Sun™, you can read more of this new in the Blog of Jonathan Schwartz - http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/

With millions of global deployments including Facebook, Google, Nokia, Baidu and China Mobile, MySQL will bring synergies to Sun that will change the landscape of the software industry by driving new adoption of MySQL's open source database in more traditional applications and enterprises. The integration with Sun will greatly extend the commercial appeal of MySQL's offerings and improve its value proposition with the addition of Sun's global services organization. MySQL will also gain new distribution through Sun's channels including its OEM relationships with Intel, IBM and Dell.

"The combination of MySQL and Sun represents an enormous opportunity for users and organizations of all sizes seeking innovation, growth and choice," said Marten Mickos, CEO, MySQL. "Sun's culture and business model complements MySQL's own by sharing the same ideals that we have had since our foundation -- software freedom, online innovation and community and partner participation. We are tremendously excited to work with Sun and the millions of members of the MySQL open source ecosystem to continue to deliver the best database for powering the modern Web economy."
MySQL's open source database is the "M" in LAMP - the software platform comprised of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl often viewed as the foundation of the Internet. Sun is committed to enhancing and optimizing the LAMP stack on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows along with OpenSolaris and MAC OS X. The database from MySQL, OpenSolaris and GlassFish, together with Sun's Java platform and NetBeans communities, will create a powerful Web application platform across a wide range of customers shifting their applications to the Web.

Things look exciting and moving towards change, lately. Lets hope that change is for the best!





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