Unisys Signs Pact to Distribute MySQL Products, Services

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-05-17 Print this article Print

Unisys will resell MySQL premium software products and provide a wider array of consulting, integration and support services for customers implementing the open-source database in their infrastructures.

Unisys, not known for being active in the open-source community, hooked up with a key global open-source partner May 16 by announcing a worldwide distribution agreement with Sweden-based database maker MySQL AB. The new pact will enable Unisys, of Blue Bell, Pa., to resell MySQL premium software products and provide a wider array of consulting, integration and support services for customers implementing the open-source database in their infrastructures, Unisys said.
With this agreement in place, Unisys broadened its range of consulting, integration and support services for the MySQL product family to include MySQL Network subscriptions, MySQL Cluster and other products. The new agreement strengthens Unisys service capabilities for open-source stacks such as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Python/Perl), a company spokesman said.
Hewlett-Packard opens up a one-stop support shop for MySQL database users. Click here to read more. Unisys has supplied only database consulting services for MySQL and other database systems within its portfolio during the past few years. Most of those services consisted of providing public- and private-sector organizations with migration, high-availability architecture and design, performance optimization and tuning, administration, and management across the open-source stack, the company said. "Unisys also has working partnerships with Red Hat, Novell [for SUSE Linux] and [application server maker] JBoss," Unisys spokesman Brian Daly told eWEEK. "This, however, is the first formal resale agreement we have made with MySQL." MySQL claims to have more than10 million active installations worldwide. "Combining Unisys services with MySQLs database software can help our joint customers attain the flexibility in IT deployment and operational benefits that open source can deliver," said Ulf Sandberg, MySQL vice president of customer services. Unisys said it will optimize MySQL for its own platforms and will conduct performance and scalability testing in cooperation with the database servers own developers. In addition, Unisys intends to deploy a new global team of MySQL-certified consultants who can migrate, implement and optimize MySQL throughout an enterprise, the spokesman said. These Unisys consultants will become key members of the companys planned new series of global open-source centers, where customers can benchmark and test business-critical applications employing the database in a lab environment before moving them into production. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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