By Phil B
Sun Microsystems announced today that they have purchased the company behind MySQL, the incredibly popular open source database. Sun CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, discussed the news in his blog. They also announced the availability of software support services through the normal Sun channels, which is presumably an augmentation of what MySQL AB already provides.
I think this is exciting news. I have been using and administering MySQL for many years now. It is an excellent product that has only gotten better with the official support provided by MySQL AB. MySQL is synonymous with web applications and services these days. It has thoroughly penetrated that market, but it has been notably absent in the traditional corporate space. I don't think it is for lack of functionality, stability, or speed. I suspect that with the weight and enterprise relationships of a large corporation behind it the visibility and legitimacy of MySQL will increase.
So, if one of Dan's predictions was instead that "More Software Vendor Acquisitions" would occur, he would already be right!