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!