Sun buys MySQL for $800m!
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:
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
It’s interesting, especially in-light of
Oracle’s idea to
“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.