Holy smokes! Sun acquires MySQL!

Why IPO when you can cash out?

Wow. Sun is acquiring MySQL for about $1 billion. I think it's a huge win for both companies--and while it would have been nice to see another open source IPO this is a great outcome for a great company.

So what are we announcing today? That in addition to acquiring MySQL, Sun will be unveiling new global support offerings into the MySQL marketplace. We'll be investing in both the community, and the marketplace - to accelerate the industry's phase change away from proprietary technology to the new world of open web platforms.

Read all about it on Jonathan's blog.

MySQL's Kaj Arno gives the community perspective here.

As more of my friends become wealthy, my bitterness and jealousy only grows :> Congrats to Marten and the team!

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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.

 

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