Sun to purchase MySQL

Sun Microsystems is in the process of acquiring open-source database vendor MySQL AB, the two companies announced this morning. Sun will pay approximately $800 million in cash and assume approximately $200 million in options for the Swedish company.

MySQL offers a free, open-source version of its namesake relational database management system. It also offers a commercial package, MySQL Enterprise, which includes production version of the software, as well as monitoring tools and support.

With this acquisition, Sun expects to introduce MySQL to "more traditional applications and enterprises," according to a statement issued by the company. Sun will offer the database software through its sales channels, as well as through partners such as IBM and Dell.

According to MySQL, more than 100 million copies of the software have been downloaded thus far. It is part of the LAMP stack, a suite of open-source tools widely used for running Web servers; LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl. The California Air Review Board, for instance, uses LAMP to support rule-making activities.

In a blog entry, MySQL vice president of Community Relations Kaj Arn' noted that MySQL was first developed for Sun's Solaris operating system, and that the incoming version 6.0 of the RDBMS would run Sun's DTrace troubleshooting software.

"I would expect that having access to the topmost Solaris and Java experts within the same company will accelerate our development for the benefit of MySQL users on the Solaris platform, and in the Java environment, respectively," Arn' wrote.

MySQL CEO, Marten Mickos, is expected to stay on with Sun in a senior management role.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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