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Photos from Orlando

Here are a few photos from our announcement in Orlando earlier this week.  It's been crazy busy, but the response has generally been very positive from our community, our customers and our employees. 

It's been fun to have some pretty cool Sun folks at our company meeting in Orlando including Rich Green, James Gosling, Ian Murdock, Bill Shannon, Karen Padir, Rich Lang, Dave Douglas, Eduardo Pelegrillo and others. (Also, thanks to Tobias for the photo of the long-haired guy playing RockBand at our party Wednesday night.) 

No doubt there will be a few gotchas here and there as we work out integration details, but I'm stoked.  Tired, but stoked. 


Sun + MySQL = Awesome

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Today we have 400 some MySQL employees gathered in Orlando for our all-company meeting that kicks off separate departmental meetings for Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Services etc. Although we've routinely had all-engineering meetings and sales kickoffs every year, this is the first time in a couple of years we've gathered the entire company.

There's a tradition at these big meetings that there's always some kind of surprise. Could be a boat cruise along the Neckar river, or an offsite eco adventure in the Mexican jungle (food poisoning optional) or a trip to a local sauna.

This year I think we managed to surprise everyone with the news that Sun has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL.

Overnight, MySQL goes from being a small (but rapidly growing) company to being part of the Fortune 500. And with Marten Mickos at the helm inside of Sun, we can continue to stay the course delivering the world's most popular open source database. And with Sun, we will have more resources at our disposal to support users and customers worldwide. We will of course continue to support all our major platforms and languages. So if you're using MySQL on Linux, Windows, Mac OS/X or with PHP, Perl, Python, C#, C++, Ruby on Rails or something else, we will continue to provide top notch quality. If you're on Solaris or using GlassFish, NetBeans, Java, DTrace we'll probably come up with some pretty cool ideas in the coming months. Maybe you have ideas on how we can integrate? Let us know!

Will there be changes? Sure. No doubt we'll find ourselves integrating into internal systems and processes at Sun that we don't yet know about. But this opportunity gives us the ability to provide an even bigger impact in the industry. To me that's very exciting. The management team and the founders are all on board to and fully support the acquisition.  And I'm personally looking forward to being part of Sun.

In the coming days and weeks we'll be updating people to answer questions the best we can. It will take a while to fully integrate the companies and that can only happen once the acquisition is officially closed pending customary government anti-trust review. But it's going to be a heckuva exciting time.

It's been a pretty harried few weeks for those working behind the scenes to make this happen, but I think the outcome is pretty amazing. Marten, Jonathan, congratulations on putting together the biggest open source deal in history!


Why Telcos Are Going Open Source

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While I'm doing most of my blogging these days over at InfoWorld, once in a while I'll post something over here that is more about MySQL.  Some folks likely saw our announcement with Virgin Mobile selecting MySQL Enterprise.  This is one in a long series of wins in the telecommunications industry in the last year.  It's been a rapidly growing part of our business and one that I'm particularly proud of.   

The mobile communications industry is going through a lot of changes --maybe even as many as the software industry.  It's being disrupted by digital technologies: VOIP, multi-media messaging, and more sophisticated smartphones that are essentially replacing PCs for many users.  (Some days it feels I do as much email on my Treo as on my PC.) 

So its interesting to see some of the industry disruptors, like Virgin Mobile, use open source as part of their business strategy.  In this case, Virgin Mobile is offering unlimited SMS messaging in order to expand their market.  If you're going to expand your market and your infrastructure, open source is really the only option.  Otherwise your infrastructure costs prevent you from doing what you need to do in order to be competetitive. Who wants to pay a "success penalty" where your infrastructure costs go up 50k in license fees per CPU?  It's not really a viable option.  And having facilities like MySQL Enterprise Monitor help ensure you've got 24x7 availability and are alerted to problems before they impact your systems.

PS. Yes, the photo above was me when I still looked respectable.  At our user conference they wanted to get a picture of me that was representative and I figured talking on my cell and drinking coffee was a pretty good snapshot.