Growing Relevance in the Enterprise
Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, said adoption of the company's database will grow as enterprises continue to build Web-based architectures. "MySQL was designed and developed for the online network world," he said during the conference call with Sun executives. "All other databases in the market today were designed for back-office use in an off-line world. So we're uniquely designed for that, and our relevance grows in enterprises as they shift over to Web-based architectures, which is what is happening right now.""One issue not mentioned in the announcement is that Sun has pursued a PostgreSQL strategy in the last two years, and this deal does raise questions about Sun's investment in PostgreSQL and its relationship with Oracle," he said. Schwartz said the company remains committed to both the MySQL and PostgreSQL communities. "We are reaffirming our commitment to [the PostgreSQL] community today in part by saying that we believe in the future of open-source databases so much so that we just put $1 billion behind one of them. We are firmly committed in figuring out the ways we can optimize and integrate innovations across the two communities." Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, noted his company has a long partnership with Oracle that will continue. "Oracle isn't just an application that runs on [Sun] technology," he said during the conference call. "We have hundreds and hundreds of engineers who work closely with that organization to optimize our systems and our platforms and their software to perform at a world-class level with regard to running our joint accounts. And we're going to keep investing in that, and keep doing that. It's vital to our business." When the acquisition is complete, MySQL's Mickos will be joining Sun's executive management group and will play a central as Sun continues to refine and develop its open-source strategy, Schwartz said. "This is all about growth for both of us, all about investing in the community that surrounds both companies and both companies' products, and all about delivering better service to customers and ultimately better value to our shareholders."
An interesting foil in the deal is Sun's pursuit of a PostgreSQL strategy for the past few years, said Matthew Aslett, an analyst with The 451 Group.