Thursday Jan 17, 2008

MySQL, MyGoodness

"Fantastic, what a great idea!" was my immediate reaction to our announcement that we intend to acquire MySQL, as detailed on Jonathan's blog yesterday.

With MySQL's deep database experience and Sun's extensive hardware and software portfolio and expertise, there are huge possibilities for the kinds of solutions we can bring to market by combining forces. Practically everything Sun does is relevant for such solutions. Here are a few of them:

  • We build highly-threaded, high core count SPARC microprocessors and we have partnerships with both AMD and Intel that give us access to their microprocessor roadmaps, giving us the freedom to innovate at the system level over a wide range of product and application requirements.
  • We build highly scalable disk and tape subsystems based on innovations within Sun and on the many years of experience in the storage and archive arena brought to Sun through our acquisition of StorageTek in 2005.
  • We have Solaris and all of its technologies and capabilities, including our work on Project Indiana to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution and to make the Solaris user experience more welcoming for customers accustomed to GNU/Linux. And when I say "we have Solaris" I also mean we have the expertise within Sun to make Solaris sing on all our hardware platforms--from highly scaled SPARC systems to Intel and AMD systems with a wide range of capabilities.
  • And we have the ability as a system company to innovate across our entire hardware and software stack to deliver highly-optimized solutions for our customers. And now with MySQL joining the family, we can extend those benefits right up into the database layer. There are very few companies that have the ability to do this to the extent Sun does.

I also see this acquisition as part of a continuing evolution (or perhaps "enlightenment") on Sun's part with respect to Open Source. I've seen several stages of Open Source involvement at Sun, starting with "Contributor" with our release of OpenOffice and other code to the open source community, moving to "Practitioner" with the creation of the OpenSolaris community, and now moving on to what I think of as "Champion" with our recent acquisition of Cluster File Systems and, soon, MySQL. I can't think of another large corporation that has embraced open source and community development as broadly and aggressively as Sun. And now we are putting our money where our mouth is, as we say in the US. We've gone beyond merely using and contributing to open source software to active investment in significant areas of the open source ecosystem. Of course, for the world to see these acquisitions as a positive development for open source, we need to prove to you that we will be capable and tasteful stewards of these products and technologies. I believe we've demonstrated this so far with our handling of the CFS acquisition by continuing to actively support and extend the Lustre parallel file system roadmap and in particular by our firm statements concerning the recognized importance of Lustre to our many Linux-using High Performance Computing customers. Moving Lustre to Sun was good for Lustre customers and good for Sun. I'm confident the same will be true of MySQL.

By the way, "MySQL" is pronounced My-Ess-Que-Ell, not My-Sequel. Says so here. I've never met anyone who pronounces it incorrectly, but I hear you are out there...


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