Now, I’ve never been mistaken for a Sun fan. I wrote about their continued slide into irrelevance when they changed their stock symbol to JAVA (huh?). That move was panned by everyone, including the most avid Sun-philes.
This move, however, is great for Sun, but does it make any sense for MySQL? I didn’t even know that MySQL was for sale (though, clearly they were). I just figured a company that was more… um… relevant would pick them up.
But if you think about it, it didn’t make too much sense for the major players who are picking up companies right now. Oracle would have loved to do it, but I’m sure MySQL would have balked. The same goes for Microsoft. Google would not bother to acquire something as mundane as plumbing. Yahoo has enough trouble right now, and also is not interested in plumbing.
One interesting option would have been Amazon. They continue to roll out web services that cater to startups; it would have been impressively bold of them to plop down the cash for the most popular database for startups, too.
But Sun takes it. It makes sense. Sun can bring their shiny new toy into the enterprise conversations they’re having with the big IT departments that MySQL wants.
Let’s just hope they don’t screw it up.
I sat next to a guy from MySQL on my last flight back from Denver. He said he made 30mil from the acquisition! Thanks to you, I think he was impressed I knew what MySQL was!