The Sun Microsystems
Sun bought the MySQL database company in 2008. It took awhile to figure out exactly what Sun wanted to do with an open-source database platform. Apparently, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz simply wanted to introduce his other hardware and software products to a new set of customers. MySQL databases power some of the biggest names on the Internet: Google
Oracle is a market-leading database expert, competing with other giants like Microsoft
So Oracle looks likely to keep Sun's hardware business and become a mini-IBM -- but will probably have to leave MySQL by the wayside. The MySQL operation could be spun out as a separate company on the public market. It could also be picked up by private investment firms and then prepared for a future IPO. Or some other acquisition-hungry giant might step in -- IBM and Mr. Softy would hit the same antitrust walls, but MySQL would be a fine fit with Google.
Me, I hope to see MySQL on the open market, because that operation on its own is small, has a dedicated base of fans and customers, and has a lot of growth ahead of it. Revenue may be small now, but Red Hat
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