MySQL, Done Deal! Talking with Marten and Zack on Day 1

Well as of this morning MySQL is officially a part of Sun Microsystems.  We announced the intent to acquire MySQL on Jan 16 and exactly five weeks later the deal has been concluded, talk about a whirlwind close!

Earlier today I got a chance to chat with both Marten Mickos, former MySQL CEO and Zack Urlocker head of engineering and products to get their thoughts on Day 1.

My interview with Marten (9:16)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • The speed of the close, how in an acquisition like this there are always tons of questions but at a certain point you need to commit and fix the issues as they come up
  • Coordinating a closing when you're employees are spread across 18 time zones
  • What it will take for the acquisition to succeed
  • Sun's commitment to Linux and how its the number one platform for MySQL (guess whats number two :)
  • The changes in Sun Marten has seen in recent years
  • How Marten wants to be integrated into Sun rather set apart as a stand alone unit.

My interview with Zack (10:13)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg) 

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How it feels to be a sun employee
  • How he first heard about the offer and what his thoughts and concerns were
  • What was the key thing that convinced Zack that this acquisition made sense
  • What is MySQL looking to leverage now that they are a part of Sun
  • The upcoming MySQL conference and expo

Welcome Marten, welcome Zack, welcome MySQL!

Pau for now...

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