Sun to Nab MySQL For $1 Billion

Wednesday Jan 16th 2008 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff

The surprise acquisition of a widely deployed open source database marks a major move by Sun.

[From internetnews.com]

In a surprise move, Sun Microsystems today said it's acquiring privately held open source database vendor MySQL AB for approximately $1 billion.

The move is a bold one for Sun, which analysts note has been under pressure to make money from its Solaris enterprise software since it began offering it as open source. MySQL is arguably the most widely deployed open source database in existence, with over 100 million installations and about 50,000 new copies downloaded daily.

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