HP Opens Up One-Stop MySQL Shop

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-04-25 Print this article Print

Hewlett-Packard is turning itself into a one-stop support shop for MySQL database users, with some help from channel partners.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Hewlett-Packard is turning itself into a one-stop support shop for MySQL database users. On April 25, HP plans to announce at the MySQL Users Conference here that it is expanding its support for the open-source database with consulting, integration, support services and reselling of MySQL Network subscription services by HPs channel partners. MySQL Network includes access to certified MySQL software, updates and upgrades; proactive alerts; software advisors; access to the online MySQL knowledge base; and full, production-level technical support.
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HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said it will sell the services directly starting in May. Its channel partners will sell the services starting in June. MySQL, of Uppsala, Sweden, will train HP Services staff on its products so that HP can support MySQL Network customers. This latest news deepens the support previously offered by HP for MySQL. In May of 2004, the company packaged JBoss and MySQL on its servers and claimed to be the first OEM to certify an open-source stack. Now the OEM is claiming another first: Namely, that its the only IT service provider that can handle everything needed by joint MySQL/HP customers. Enterprise users stay calm as the MySQL community panics about Oracles purchase of Berkeley DB. Click here to read more. "HP is the only IT service provider that can serve as a single point of accountability for customers seeking to integrate and manage MySQL database software in an IT environment," said Dan Socci, vice president of worldwide marketing and sales for HP Services Technology Services, said in a statement. The OEM is incorporating MySQL into its new HP Open Source Middleware Stacks, which offer customers three ways to deploy open-source middleware on HP platforms, he said. "Combining HP Services with MySQLs popular database software will help more corporate enterprises attain the benefits of open-source technology," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL. "For businesses, it means easier software integration, leveraging HPs vast global support network and ultimately lowering overall IT costs, so they can focus on what matters most —their customers." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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