Sun Acquires MySQL… Early Thoughts

MySQL + Sun I was dropping the kids off at school yesterday when I got a call on my cell phone from an editor I’ve worked with before at CIO.com. It took a minute to sink in, but she was telling me that Sun Microsystems had just purchased MySQL. They wanted to get a story up fairly quickly on what this meant for CIOs, and they thought I’d be a good person to tackle it. Now, the last time I wrote for them about MySQL (of which I’m a fan), I got raked over the coals a little, but then I was writing as the dark horse. Of course I took this one on anyway, and “Sun Acquires MySQL: Impact on the CIO?” was up within a few hours. Go ahead and read it; I can wait, then we’ll carry on.

Using Linux in the Enterprise

CIO.com has published another article I’ve written, “Seven Financial Reasons to Use Linux in the Enterprise” — like the last one, it’s a point/counterpoint style of arrangement giving reasons to use or not use something. After I got raked over the coals for puppy-kicking last time, my editor said I’d earned a positive assignment. In other words, this time I’m defending the position I actually hold. The premise on this one is restricted to the enterprise (rather than small business) and focuses on financial reasons, both of which make sense given their audience.

Since I’m not on the dark side for this one,

On Choosing Not to Use MySQL

I’ve written an article called “Eight Sound Reasons Not to Use MySQL” which has been published on CIO.com today opposite Tina Gasperson‘s article, 5 Compelling Reasons to Use MySQL. The topics were assigned, not so much as a point:counterpoint but as a way of presenting views from both sides. If you haven’t read it yet, give it a look. If you did that and followed a link based on that article to find me here, welcome. What you’ll find around here isn’t all tech-speak, there’s a lot of management and marketing stuff as well… and you’re more than welcome to hang around a while and poke around, subscribe, whatever. Let it be known that there are a few things I want to say about the article though.