Sun to buy MySQL for $1B

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Thanks to insideHPC reader Trey Breckenridge for pointing me to the story that both Sun and MySQL announced today that they are being acquired by Sun Microsystems for one billion dollars (I hope you read that with Dr. Evil’s voice in your head; that’s what was going on in my head as I wrote it).

According to the release

With millions of global deployments including Facebook, Google, Nokia, Baidu and China Mobile, MySQL will bring synergies to Sun that will change the landscape of the software industry by driving new adoption of MySQL’s open source database in more traditional applications and enterprises. The integration with Sun will greatly extend the commercial appeal of MySQL’s offerings and improve its value proposition with the addition of Sun’s global services organization. MySQL will also gain new distribution through Sun’s channels including its OEM relationships with Intel, IBM and Dell.

There isn’t an immediate HPC angle on this as far as I can see, but if you think about the reach the MySQL has on the internet (it’s the M in the LAMP software the forms the foundation of much of the internet’s public face: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), this could position Sun to innovate in the interface to commercial HPC hosted services ( and help facilitate the adoption of HPC by small and midsize businesses.


  1. feels like this world’s all a monopoly