MySQL—Even More Commercial Adoption?


By Phil B

Sun Microsystems announced today that they have purchased the company behind MySQL, the incredibly popular open source database. Sun CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, discussed the news in his blog. They also announced the availability of software support services through the normal Sun channels, which is presumably an augmentation of what MySQL AB already provides.

I think this is exciting news. I have been using and administering MySQL for many years now. It is an excellent product that has only gotten better with the official support provided by MySQL AB. MySQL is synonymous with web applications and services these days. It has thoroughly penetrated that market, but it has been notably absent in the traditional corporate space. I don’t think it is for lack of functionality, stability, or speed. I suspect that with the weight and enterprise relationships of a large corporation behind it the visibility and legitimacy of MySQL will increase.

So, if one of Dan’s predictions was instead that “More Software Vendor Acquisitions” would occur, he would already be right!


About Dan Cornell

Dan Cornell has over fifteen years of experience architecting and developing web-based software systems. He leads Denim Group's security research team in investigating the application of secure coding and development techniques to improve web-based software development methodologies. Dan was the founding coordinator and chairman for the Java Users Group of San Antonio (JUGSA) and currently serves as the OWASP San Antonio chapter leader. Dan has speaks at such international conferences as RSA, ROOTs in Norway and OWASP AppSec EU.

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