Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MySQL swallowed by Sun

As one of the more common database alternatives for web development, I thought this audience might find it interesting to know that MySQL is being formally acquired by Sun Microsystems. In a transaction valued around $1 billion, MySQL will become a wholly owned Sun product when the deal closes later this year. As part of the deal, all of the MySQL team will transition to Sun to continue to support the product and MySQL's CEO will join Sun's executive management team. Furthermore, based on additional comments from the MySQL folks, MySQL will remain open source in Sun's care (just like Java or OpenSolaris) and continue to deliver support for non-Sun platforms.

At the end of the day, it doesn't look like this acquisition will have much noticeable effect on the MySQL product or product plans. If you use MySQL as your database backend, expect business as usual for the foreseeable future.

Interestingly, it seems the ASP.NET crowd does not often turn to the open source MySQL database for web solutions, favoring largely the commercial SQL Server. The Linux crowd obviously loves MySQL- it's part of the LAMP stack after all. If you are an ASP.NET developer using MySQL, let me know if the comments. I'd be very interested to meet a few people in the .NET arena who are using this massively popular database technology.


mischa said...

I sometimes use mysql with ASP.NET most of the time it is Access or MSSQL though.