Since my last post about last week’s acquisition spree, I have talked to a number of people on the topic of the Sun buying MySQL. While I haven’t been running into Sun much lately in my enterprise sales forays it was largely because I have been dealing with SOA based development solutions, an area where Sun doesn’t have a strong solution (even though I had partnering conversations with them at one point to help strengthen their offering). After talking to some people who have been tracking Sun more closely lately as well a few Sun Executives and CIOs, I have seen a different picture.
Sun has been working on this acquisition for well over a year. It fills a very nice hole that they had in their solution stack…the database. No IT Executive I have talked to would seriously consider replacing their Oracle or DB2 with MySQL, but they would consider moving 100’s or even 1000’s of edge databases over to MySQL. This gives Sun a leg up in their enterprise sales and “solution” providing. It also helps to round out their Open Source solution stack (the OpenSolaris/MySQL 1-2).
Additionally, I understand that Sun will hold MySQL as a separate entity and let it run as such. With the inevitable inclusion of a few Sun Execs and Sales connections, this should help ease concerns that the web2.0 companies who run their business on MySQL were having. It still remains to be seen if some of the performance enhancements that the user community has been begging for will be addressed or not.