Sun Microsystems Buys MySQL

January 16th, 2008 at 12:00 am

In a nutshell, a summary of headlines in the Internet industry today.

Sun Microsystems buys MySQL for $1 Billion.  MySQL is by far the most widely used database system in Web2.0.  Most of the popular and largest webcompanies use this database in their back end including Google, Facebook, YouTube, WordPress and WikiPedia. 

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun writes in his blog :

"MySQL is by far the most popular platform on which modern developers are creating network services. From Facebook, Google and to banks and telecommunications companies, architects looking for performance, productivity and innovation have turned to MySQL. In high schools and college campuses, at startups, at high performance computing labs and in the Global 2000. The adoption of MySQL across the globe is nothing short of breathtaking. They are the root stock from which an enormous portion of the web economy springs."

Obviously, this admiration for MySQL is enough reason to spend $1B for the acquisition.