Celebrating a year of MySQL and Sun

About one year ago, 400 MySQL employees were in Orlando, FL, for their company meeting. Their main worry was how to improve the business in view of the inevitable IPO that was coming soon. Nobody knew when, but there was expectation for Mårten Mickos keynote, on January 16, 2008, at 8:00. Possibly, everybody thought, he will announce a date for going public.

And public we went, but not the way we thought.

The evening before, I was among a group of about 25 people who were summoned to Mårten's suite, without a specific reason. At about 10pm, Mårten announced the $1B news, and for many of us there are only fuzzy memories after that. We weren't allowed to leave the suite before signing a NDA, to keep the news quiet until the following day at 8am.

Thus, having slept very little, with conflicting thoughts, I met my co-workers, and I couldn't tell anyone what was about to happen. We lined up for the keynote hall to open, and we were all seated and expecting the news of our launch into the Wall Street arena, which didn't come.

When Mårten announced that Sun Microsystems had bought MySQL for a billion dollars, many in the audience thought it was one of his jokes. Then, Jonathan Schwartz appeared on the giant screen, apologizing for wearing a tie because he was getting ready for a press conference and, he said, when you spend a billion dollars, you must dress like someone who knows what he's doing.

In very important moments, it's funny what you remember. I don't remember anything more of Jonathan's speech. The whole Orlando meeting is a series of flashbacks with little coherence.

I started waking up from the dizziness in the following days. Freshly appointed Community Team leader and on my way to a scheduled world trip, I had time to clear my mind while traveling.

I didn't come to terms with Sun until early April, when I started meeting new colleagues and understanding the organization. For MySQL, it is a change in scope that we understand, but we have barely started exploiting. We haven't generated $1B in revenues for Sun (yet). But the business decision sounds right. Inserting MySQL into Sun's portfolio is a good strategic move that will eventually pay off.

Now, enough with the old stories. Let's look at the future. Lenz and Dups have brought to you a gallery of 5 examples of good cooperation between MySQL and the rest of Sun. Starting with MySQL and Dtrace. Stay tuned for more!

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