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Sun Microsystems completes £500m acquisition of MySQL

Cliff Saran

Sun Microsystems has completed the £500m acquisition of MySQL, the open source database server, in a move the company regards as the most significant in the open source community.

The company has announced worldwide open source support, with 24x7 multi-platform support for MySQL Unlimited licences – for a flat annual fee. Through the acquisition, Sun hopes to be able to provide users with a platform for open source server-based network computing.

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and president of Sun, said, “MySQL acquisition will expand Sun’s software business. For the first time ever, businesses across the world can standardise on a commercially supported, open source platform that meets their needs for scale, quality and global service.”

MySQL has tens of millions of users and Sun hopes the acquisition will help the company sell its products and services.

Rich Green, executive vice-president of Sun, said, “MySQL is essential for developing Web 2.0 and this acquisition puts Sun as the biggest contributor to the open source community.”

Green said Sun would now be able to provide businesses with a full open source IT architecture. “We have completed our ability to deliver an open source platform for the server. We think we can deliver that platform.”

Through the acquisition, Marten Mikos, head of database business at Sun and former CEO of MySQL, would continue developing MySQL projects.


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