Sun has acquired the open source database MySQL for £500m, in a bid to establish a foothold in the database market and offer users open source database tools to compliment its growing family of open source products.
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Sun said the integration of MySQL into Sun would greatly extend the commercial appeal of MySQL's product and improve its value to users with the addition of Sun's global services organisation. MySQL will also gain new distribution through Sun's channels including its OEM relationships with Intel, IBM and Dell, Sun added
Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and president at Sun Microsystems said: "MySQL's employees and culture, along with its near ubiquity across the web, make it an ideal fit with Sun's open approach to network innovation. And, most importantly, this announcement boosts our investments into the communities at the heart of innovation on the internet and of enterprises that rely on technology as a competitive weapon."
Users of MySQL include Facebook, Google and Nokia. MySQL is also a major component of LAMP - the software platform comprising of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl, which experts regard as the foundation of the internet. Sun said it would optimise LAMP on Linux and Microsoft Windows along with OpenSolaris and MAC OS X. Sun said MySQL, OpenSolaris and GlassFish, together with Sun's Java platform and NetBeans communities, would create a powerful Web application platform for users.