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Sun To acquire MySQL

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Sun Microsystems is going to jump in the database market with the purchase of most successful open source database developer MySQL for $1 billion. This is the main center of attraction on both the websites:
















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With the move, announced Wednesday, Sun takes a big leap into the $15 billion database market and pits it against the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. MySQL have clients Facebook, Google, Nokia and Baidu as customers.

What makes MySQL interesting to Sun. About 20 percent of MySQL deployments run on Solaris, according to Sun estimates outlined on a conference call. Seventy five percent of MySQL deployments are not on Sun hardware. That gives Sun an opportunity to bundle hardware software and services.

While Sun can also distribute MySQL through its channel and OEM partnerships and create various bundles. The overarching goal is to give MySQL more “commercial appeal” and boost adoption of open source software in the enterprise.
One big question is what Sun does next to build out…