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Sun buys MySQL for $800m!

This shocking announcement says that Sun Microsystems has purchased MySQL, making Sun a major player in both database hardware and software.  Sun agreed to pay approximately $800 million in cash, quite a bit of cash for a DBMS whose claim to fame is its open-source roots.   Kaj Arno of MySQL notes that this acquisition will strengthen MySQL in the database industry:

I’d like to think that the acquisition of MySQL by Sun will be seen as good news also by the core group of users who form the active MySQL community. This is because Sun is a safe haven for MySQL. Sun knows Open Source, and to the extent things change, I expect Sun to add value to our community.”

It’s interesting, especially in-light of Oracle’s idea to support MySQL.

“Oracle has suggested it will offer support for the MySQL code, undercutting the company, and Oracle is already distributing the open source database management system. . .”

In the past few years, MySQL has been grabbing-up some of the top Oracle experts, including Robin Schumacher, who accepted a position as Worldwide Director of Product Management for MySQL.

Sun’s press release on the acquisition of MySQL notes that Sun Microsystems does indeed have plans to market MySQL to a broader market:

“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.”

Clearly, Sun has plans to sell MySQL to the mainstream market, and it may be that MySQL will loose it’s open source heritage, and like Red Hat Linux, become just another proprietary vendor of DBMS software.



 

 
 
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