Swimming With Dolphins

You may have noticed it's been a bit quiet on my blog for the last few weeks - just the tumbleweed rolling through lists of del.icio.us links. While part of that was due to the Christmas break, it's also because I've been working on a team at Sun on a very significant project that we've been keeping a close secret as a matter of legal necessity.

But today the covers are off and I can disclose the nature of that project. This morning at 8am EST, Sun announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB for a consideration approaching $1bn, subject to all the usual approvals. Jonathan has a long discussion of the news. In support of this move, Sun will be unveiling new global support offerings into the MySQL marketplace. We'll be investing in both the community, and the marketplace - to accelerate the industry's phase change away from proprietary technology to the new world of open web platforms.

I've been part of the due diligence team and having seen all the data, I think this move is a great step for Sun, MySQL and the FOSS communities. For Sun, because it means we now have the ability to offer support on a full web operating system - OpenSolaris, Glassfish, MySQL, NetBeans and much more. For MySQL, because it means the next phase of growth can ride the proven global organisation Sun provides to delver support and other value to customers.

For the global community of Free and open source communities because MySQL is in safe hands. Sun is committed to preserving all the strengths we've come to expect from MySQL - broad platform support, high quality engineering, frank and transparent community engagement - all under the GPL. This joining of strengths is additive, not subtractive. Just as with OpenOffice.org, Sun is aware that MySQL is a crucial FOSS community asset and we intend to be a good steward, balancing community and commercial considerations.

I already know plenty of the folk over there but I'm looking forward to welcoming the MySQL staff (who are just finding out about this now at their meeting in Orlando - Kaj has the news) as colleagues. The next wave of Free/open source is starting, and I've dolphins to swim with!

Comments:

Congrats, Simon!

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on January 15, 2008 at 10:16 PM PST #

Great work Simon - exciting news, and great ammo to blog plenty about....

Posted by Taylor Allis on January 16, 2008 at 04:17 AM PST #

SUN is respect!

Posted by victor on January 16, 2008 at 04:38 AM PST #

SUN has been a supporter of PostgreSQL in the last years. Of course supporting MySQL and PostgreSQL need not be mutually exclusive but I nevertheless wonder what this will mean for SUN's PostgreSQL engagement.

Any thoughts on that?

Posted by writtmeyer on January 16, 2008 at 04:50 PM PST #

ooo-my - squealing in delight!

which means that the backend of oo.org base can be optionally mysql and the macros can be a bit simpler, some code can be shifted to mysql5 UDFs and backend for faster processing and so office suite automation can be a bit better.

>> embedded mysql inside oo.org <<

what do you say, simon?

Posted by ooo-my squealing in delight on January 17, 2008 at 06:54 AM PST #

interesting :)

Posted by sahibinden satılık daire on January 18, 2008 at 04:51 PM PST #

@writtmeyer: To be honest, all the database groups at Sun have struggled for attention until now. This move gives all of them the focus and resources they need to take the next step. Paradoxically, acquiring MySQL may be just the boost Sun's PostgreSQL team needs.

@squealing: OO.o Base already works just fine with MySQL actually. I think bundling MySQL with OO.o might be a bit too much!

Posted by Simon Phipps on January 19, 2008 at 01:53 AM PST #

[Trackback] I was working on another blog when the announcement came. OMG, Sun is buying MySQL (I pronounce it as "my see-qual.") What came to my mind was actually a conversation with Simon Phipps a few months ago, when he talked about the business of OpenSourc...

Posted by Whiteboard infinity on January 22, 2008 at 04:49 PM PST #

[Trackback] 听闻这一消息的时候,我正在写另一篇博客。我的天,Sun 收购了 MySQL(我把它读作“麦斯酷”)。此时首先浮现在我脑海里的是几个月前我与 Simon Phipps 的对话,当时他谈到了开源业务。 提到开源社区,人们就会想到《网络惊魂》中的桑德拉·布洛克。她扮演的角色 Angela Bennett 是一个脱离社会的人,从不离开她那个阴暗杂乱而且到处是计算机的房间。她与外界唯一的联系,就是计算机网络和一部电话。这一形象与绝大多数的开源社区成员相去甚远。 他们大部分如同你我一样在 IT 公...

Posted by Whiteboard Infinity on January 22, 2008 at 05:06 PM PST #

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