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 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.

On Choosing Not to Use MySQL

I’ve written an article called “Eight Sound Reasons Not to Use MySQL” which has been published on 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.