BusinessWeek has been covering the rise of open source and Web 2.0 companies for a while. In a special series of articles, they show how Web 2.0 is going to change the landscape of not only consumer software, but also enterprise software. Not surprisingly most of these web 2.0 companies are powered by open source software. Whether it's the large public companies like Google, NetFlix or Yahoo or startups like JigSaw, Soonr, SixApart, SlashDot, Second Life, FaceBook, Flickr, Meetup, Technorati, Wikia or Craigslist, they are all built on a scale-out architecture with MySQL. Open source scale out is the architecture for the modern enterprise. And its not because open source is cheaper. Open source gives startups and large companies the freedom they need to scale as their business grows.
The next generation of Enterprise applications will be built using the same techniques that are making Web 2.0 successful for consumers.