Thursday Apr 24, 2008

MySQL Conf08 - Chattin' with Zack Urlocker

Last time I interviewed Zack it was the day that MySQL officially became a part of Sun Microsystems and it was over the phone.  Last week however we were both at the MySQL conference and got meet face to face.  Here is the resulting interview, enjoy!

My interview with Zack (9:24)  Listen (Mp3)   Listen (ogg)

 
Zack's the one in the middle.

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • Exceeding expectations at the MySQL conference
  • The availability of MySQL's 5.1 later this quarter and all the cool new features
  • The GA of Workbench - a modeling tool for DBAs
  • The morning's keynotes (here is the video Zack shot)
  • The challenges that Werner Vogels, Amazon's CTO, faces
  • Sun's performance tuning team and how it helps MySQL shine
  • Zack's impressions of his first six weeks at Sun
Pau for now...

Tuesday Feb 26, 2008

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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