Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

Peter Bojanic of Lustre - Hows the integration going? Advice for MySQL?

With the MySQL closing hapening today, I thought I'd check in with someone from a similar past acquisition and see how it was going.  So I picked up the phone and called Peter Bojanic, director of Lustre up in Halifax

Lustre, as you may remember was acquired by Sun near the end of last year.  Like MySQL, it is basically a virtual company and its employees are spread all over the world.  Also like MySQL, and even to a greater degree, it is business is focused on the GNU/Linux platform (in fact, it is a key element of the new CentOS-based Ranger supercomputer).


My interview with Peter (7:08)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • How the first three months of integration has gone for Lustre
  • How the Lustre integration and its geographically dispersed workers have served as a template for the MySQL integration
  • What advice he has for MySQL regarding the acquisition
  • The strong surge in support for GNU/Linux that he has seen at Sun
  • Sun's focus on Open Source and doing things in an open way.

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...

Wednesday Jan 16, 2008

Welcome Marten and MySQL! -- My Interview with Marten

What fantastic news to read first thing this morning, Sun announces agreement to acquire MySQL!  (Check out the details from Jonathan in his entry this morning.)

Some of Sun's acquisitions in the past have been, shall we say, not that intuitive to me but this one I get.  This reaffirms our commitment to Free and open source software and, as Simon points out, means that we now have the ability to offer support on a full web operating system - OpenSolaris, Glassfish, MySQL, NetBeans and much more - something we can sell. 

GNU/Linux and beyond

What this further underlines for me is our commitment beyond the Sun stack and to the ecosystem.   Besides the SAMP (Solairs, Apache, MySQL, Perl/Python/PHP) stack, we will be investing in and optimizing for LAMP (Linux), WAMP (Windows) and MAMP (Mac).  As the "GNU/Linux guy" I'm excited how, like Lustre before it, this move serves to further bolster Sun's presence in the GNU/Linux space.

The day of the monolithic Sun stack is dead.  The world that we live in today (and for awhile) is about mixing and matching architectures and platforms whether thats Solaris on Dell, Ubuntu on SPARC or MySQL on an old Sun Enterprise 4000 running OpenBSD.

Marten Mickos in his afternoon keynote on day 2 at UbuntuLive. \*

Welcome Marten

I am also quite excited that Marten Mikos, MySQL's CEO will be joining Sun's senior executive team.  I had the good fortune to keynote alongside Marten at Linuxworld Open Solutions Summit Sweden .  He's a very sharp as well extremely likable guy.

I first met Marten at UbuntuLive and was able to grab him for an interview after his keynote.  (Its interesting listening to this again, in light of today's news -- good thing he said nice things about Jonathan since he will now be working for him :)

My interview with Marten (6:10)  Listen (Mp3)    Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle: 

  • The LAMP, SAMP and WAMP stacks
  • How Marten got involved with MySQL
  • 110 airports
  • The two audiences that MySQL serves -- the ones who'll spend time to save money and the ones who'll spend money to save time
  • How he thinks Jonathan Schwartz has done so far.

 \* See more professional pics from Ubuntu Live by Duncan Davidson (the first one is of myself and David Duffey, who turned me on to the pics, competing in the Bungee run. I won :)

Pau for now...


I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.


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