MySQL AB and IBM Announce Open Source Database Support for the IBM System i Platform

January 19, 2008

MySQL Conference & Expo 2007, Santa Clara, Calif. — April 25, 2007 — MySQL AB and IBM today announced a joint technology and reseller agreement to bring support for the MySQL open source database to the IBM System i business computing platform.

The two companies will work together to offer the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and plan to deliver DB2 for i5/OS as a certified MySQL storage engine on the System i platform. This will allow System i customers to implement online and transactional MySQL applications while storing all data in a single, easy-to-manage DB2 database.

In addition, MySQL Enterprise subscriptions — a comprehensive offering of MySQL database software, services and support — will be made available to IBM clients worldwide through IBM’s reseller network and System i sales team. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This morning’s announcement was made at the 2007 MySQL Conference & Expo, being held this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

“IBM continues to innovate the System i platform with new investments in cutting-edge, open-source solutions,” said Mark Shearer, general manager IBM System i. “Today’s news will make thousands of open source MySQL and PHP applications available to System i clients, helping them respond more quickly to business needs as they arise. In addition, our customers will not only be able to deploy these applications with the support of IBM and MySQL, but — thanks to the planned integration with our DB2 database storage engine for MySQL — customers will continue to benefit from the integration and simplicity that System i consistently delivers.”

“We are very pleased to work with IBM to bring two large, active hardware and software communities together around System i and MySQL,” said Marten Mickos, MySQL AB’s CEO. “As an IBM Business Partner, we hope this will open up an exciting new generation of online applications to take advantage of all the corporate data stored on one of the most reliable and secure platforms in the IT industry.”

IBM becomes a member of the MySQL Certified Storage Engine Program
(http://www.mysql.com/engines). With the planned DB2 storage engine for MySQL, System i customers will be able to run MySQL applications while continuing to manage their DB2 for i5/OS databases. It will plug into the MySQL Server and be managed as any other storage engine within the database server. The DB2 storage engine will provide superior storage management, transaction support, and database management for MySQL developers and DBAs — and enable sharing of data between MySQL and DB2 applications.

About IBM
For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com. www.ibm.com. For more about System i, visit www.ibm.com/systemi.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 11 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

A Developer’s Guide to the MySQL User’s Conference

January 18, 2008

Robin Schumacher recently gave us an excellent rundown on sessions at the upcoming MySQL Conference and Expo (April 23-26th in Santa Clara) for DBAs. As a proud developer I wanted to make sure that our enormous developer community had a similar guide. Now, developers will encounter the same problem that Robin pointed out: with so many excellent sessions, you’ll be required to make some difficult choices sometimes in what sessions you attend. This guide will hopefully allow you to navigate the waters. I’ve broken the guide down into a general section and also into programming language specific sections.

General Sessions of Interest to All Developers
The following sessions are all given by experts at the top of their game, and all represent material or topics than any developer will find valuable.

First, for those of you who will be attending the tutorial day on Monday, I highly recommend Brian Aker’s morning tutorial. “MySQL 5.1 In-depth” is an excellent way to get up to speed on the newest features of MySQL 5.1, including partitioning and events.

On Tuesday, April 24th, there are a number of killer sessions you won’t want to miss. Leading this line-up is Julian Hyde, creator of Mondrian, who is presenting an hour-long session called “Building Scalable OLAP Applications with Mondrian and MySQL”. During the same time slot, Giuseppe Maxia, the Data Charmer, will be covering how to write stored procedures for MySQL administration. This is a great session for the large group of you who fall into that category of both developer and DBA.

Later on that day, I would recommend catching Bill Karwin (product manager at Zend) talk about “SQL Anti-patterns”. Bill recieved excellent reviews on his talks last year and at OSCON, and this session will be a good language-agnostic look at the absolute worst SQL coding techniques. The fun, of course, is then seeing which of these patterns you yourself have let creep into your own work!

On Wednesday, there are a number of really neat sessions I want to recommend. Beat Vontobel and Jacob Nikom are doing two sessions at the same time which will be the hardest for me to decide between. Both are great speakers, and both are presenting very interesting material, and both are doing so between 11:50am and 12:35pm on Wednesday. Argh. The pains of scheduling! Beat Vontobel is presenting a session entitled “The Declarative Power of Views”, which should be awesome, and Jacob Nikom (from MIT/Lincoln Labs) is presenting the very-cool “Using MySQL as Active RDBMS for Monitoring Applications”. I have already seen Jacob’s slide deck (complete with sound effects…) so I already know how cool the presentation is!

For those performance-oriented developers among us, you won’t want to miss Peter Zaitsev’s “MySQL Performance Cookbook” on Wednesday, between 4:40 and 5:25pm in Ballroom E. A word of warning: this session will be standing room only. Get there early.

PHP
PHP continues to be the most popular programming language for developing MySQL-backed applications, though Ruby is certainly cutting into the PHP scene as of late. There are a host of PHP sessions that you will want to catch…

Creator of PHP, Rasmus Lerdorf, will be presenting “PHP Security and Debugging, which will cover XDebug, Callgrind, and combatting security holes like cross-site scripting (XSS). The session is 60 minutes long (10:45-11:45am on Tuesday morning) and you can bet it will be standing room only, so get there early if you can!
Laura Thomson, from OmniTI, follows Rasmus’ session with a presentation entitled “PHP and MySQL Web App Security”. Unlike Rasmus’ session, which focuses on the toolset involved in security and debugging, Laura will focus on best practice guidelines for securing PHP and MySQL-based web applications. During this same time slot, Eli White and Tim Ellis from Digg.com will be presenting slides which describe the digg.com platform, which is all PHP and MySQL. It will be a tough choice between Laura’s session and the digg.com session. My advice: if you are working for a startup that likely will experience massive growth, the digg.com session is likely to be a good bet, but make sure you grab Laura’s slides after the conference is over!

Later on Tuesday afternoon (4:40-6:15pm), George Schlossnagle will be presenting his “PHP Performance and Scaleability Best Practices” session. It’s a must-see for any PHP developer in the business of making high-performance web applications (hey, aren’t we all?). I had a chance to see this presentation at OSCON last year, and I would highly recommend it.

On Wednesday, we’ve got a back-to-back-to-back trifecta of PHP sessions for you, all in the same Ballroom B. The block of sessions starts at 3:35pm with presentation “The State of PHP”, followed by Mike Ho’s “Four Line Web Services for Your PHP/MySQL Applications”, and finally Bill Karwin’s “Using MySQL with the Zend Framework”. Of course, these sessions have some pretty stiff competition from Timour’s always-popular session on the MySQL optimizer and Jim Starkey’s session “Inside Falcon: MySQL’s Newest Storage Engine”…

Finally, on Thursday, between 11:50am and 12:35pm, Lukas Kahwe Smith will be presenting what’s up and coming with PHP6 in his session “PHP6: The Next Level.”

Ruby
On tutorial day, Joe O’Brien will be delivering “Vital Rails”. For anyone just getting started with Ruby on Rails, this tutorial is an excellent primer, and I would highly recommend attending it if you want to get the most out of the other Ruby/MySQL sessions at the conference.

On Wednesday morning, from 10:45-11:45am, we’ve got Hampton Catlin presenting a very interesting topic: “Versioning your MySQL Schemas with Ruby on Rail’s Migrations”, and on Thursday morning during the same time slot, Evan Henshaw-Plath presents “Ruby on Rails and the ActiveRecord ORM”. In Ballroom F, from 11:50am-12:35pm, Matt Pelletier is presenting what should be a really cool look at the ways in which Rails facilitates mashups, with his session “Mixing and Mashing Up with Rails”

.NET
Got .NET? Reggie Burnett’s sessions are a must-see, then. Reggie, who develops the Connector/.NET library, is giving two sessions at this year’s conference. The first is on Tuesday, between 2:30 and 3:15pm, in Ballroom C. He will be covering the future of ADO.NET and MySQL. On Wednesday, he will be focusing specifically on the Visual Studio development environment, and the VS Plugin for MySQL, in a session called “Developing for .NET Using Visual Studio”. Also, there are two birds of a feather sessions on Wednesday evening that .NETters will enjoy. One, called All Things .NET is hosted by Reggie, and the other is hosted by ActiveGrid and focuses on Migrating Access to MySQL applications.

Java
Mark Matthews sessions have been some of the most well-reviewed presentations in past conferences, and this year, there’s no doubt his two sessions will attract a large number of Java programmers. Mark is a development lead for our Connectors team, and does the majority of development on the Connector/J library. He is giving two sessions. The first, on Tuesday, between 4:40 and 5:25pm in Ballroom C, focuses on JDBC 4.0 and MySQL. It immediately follows Jess Balint’s session on J2EE, Spring and XA with MySQL, which is a must-see for enterprise developers using Java and MySQL.

Still on Tuesday, Java developers will want to catch Julian Hyde and Matt Caster’s sessions on data warehousing application development using Mondrian and Kettle/MySQL 5.1, Java BI libraries incorporated into the Pentaho framework. Roland Bouman’s session on Wednesday takes a step further and covers Pentaho, BIRT, and Eclipse Java development with MySQL.

Mark’s second session is on Wednesday, between 3:35 and 4:35pm in Ballroom D, and covers the always-popular topic of scaling with Java and MySQL. This is another of those sessions to which I would get there early; it will likely be very full.

C/C++
Brian Aker’s second (afternoon) tutorial, “Writing Your Own Storage Engine” is definitely not for the weak of heart, and hardcore C/C++ developers will get a real kick out of the in-depth material Brian is presenting.
On Tuesday, there are a wealth of sessions tailored to the C developer. Start off with Johan Andersson’s session entitled “Implementing Nested Loop Join Using Cluster Direct API (NDBAPI)”. Very meaty stuff. Mmm. Tasty. Next, head on over to either Ballroom D or F, where you can choose the somewhat less-technical “Understanding MySQL’s Pluggable Engine API” with Brian Aker, or the more technical, “Implementing a MySQL Client Library” with Konstantin Osipov (or Kostja for short), one of MySQL’s development leads.

Thursday has a number of expert-level sessions designed for embedded and C/C++ developers. These sessions are all in Ballroom E, and all one after the other, so if you are an OEM or embedded developer, now you know where to camp out!

Mike Kruckenberg starts things off with a 60 minute session on building new INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables (10:45 to 11:45am). Immediately afterwards, Jess Balint, Gerardo Narvaja, and Anders Karlsson will present a little less-technical, but still engaging session entitled “Primetime ODBC: Constructing ODBC Applications and the ODBC 5.0 Roadmap”. Then, after lunch, MySQL engineer Chuck Bell tackles the expert-level discussion of “Embedded MySQL Applications”, followed immediately by JasperSoft CTO Barry Klawans talking about integrating Jaspersoft and MySQL for Enterasys.

See You There!
Well, that’s just a quick rundown for developers. Clearly, there wasn’t enough time or room to cover all 140 tutorials and sessions, and you’ll definitely run into the problem of not knowing which of two or more great sessions to attend. But, remember that all the slides will be available after the conference, so even if you miss a session, you can grab the slides. See you next week!

The MySQL User’s Conference (http://www.mysqlconf.com/) will be held April 23-26 in Santa Clara, California.

Thanks, as always, for supporting MySQL!

MySQL & Carahsoft Extend Partnership to Deliver Leading Open Source Database Solutions to U.S. Govt Agencies

January 16, 2008

RESTON, Virginia — March 21, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced an expanded partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., a leading government information technology provider, to accelerate the adoption of the MySQL database among U.S. federal government agencies. Carahsoft is now MySQL AB’s Master GSA partner and distributor to the federal public sector channel. MySQL government customers and resellers now have convenient, one-stop access to official MySQL information and training through Carahsoft.

This agreement builds on the success of the MySQL | Carahsoft partnership established last year, in which MySQL products and services were awarded to Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule, #GS-35F-0131R, for a term of five years. Today, the affordable, high-performance MySQL database is deployed throughout federal government agencies, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S Army, U.S. Navy, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC); as well as the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

“The MySQL database is recognized as a leading database solution throughout the world, delivering the powerful cost-of-ownership benefits, ease of use and performance required by government agencies,” said Craig P. Abod, president of Carahsoft. “As MySQL’s master GSA partner, our goal is to add tremendous value to MySQL’s public sector reseller network and continue to build MySQL’s government channel of partners.” Carahsoft was established by a group of seasoned professionals with decades of experience in government sales, government marketing, and federal GSA contract program management.

“Carahsoft represents a select group of top-tier software and hardware manufacturers that provide government resellers with a convenient way to include proven technology as part of their solutions,” said Mark Burton, MySQL AB’s executive vice president of Sales, Channels and Alliances. “Their dedicated sales support and knowledgeable sales team will add to MySQL’s strong and growing momentum in the federal government market.”

MySQL’s benefits can be seen in government agencies such as the Naval Air Systems Command Lakehurst (NAVAIR LKE). NAVAIR uses MySQL in a flight planning, execution, and readiness application for its Aviation Data Management and Control System (ADMACS) program. MySQL replaced a legacy proprietary database and will soon support a fully redundant, multi-level security system in all active aircraft carriers as part of the ADMACS real-time information management system. The MySQL system was chosen based on the Navy’s need for a database management system that is stable enough to operate in a harsh environment and flexible enough to provide mission-critical solutions that are fault-tolerant and able to operate in a clustered architecture.

For more information about the performance and cost benefits of MySQL for government agencies, please download MySQL’s government whitepaper at http://www.mysql.com/gov or contact federalsales@mysql.com, 408-213-6600. For government-specific product or support needs, please contact government-feature-requests@mysql.com.

For ordering information, please contact Carahsoft at: 1-888-44-MySQL or email mysql@carahsoft.com.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is a trusted government IT solutions provider. The company combines technological expertise with a thorough understanding of the government procurement process to help federal, state and local government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value. Carahsoft serves as the master GSA schedule holder/distributor for MySQL, Red Hat, Adobe, Pillar Data Systems and Symantec. In addition to open source, information storage/security, and Adobe solutions, Carahsoft maintains dedicated teams to support sales and marketing of HR solutions including Avue Technologies and Careerbuilder, as well as intelligence solutions through its partnerships with many of the In-Q-Tel portfolio companies. For more information, visit www.carahsoft.com or call 888-662-2724.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 10 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

Tim O’Reilly to Join MySQL AB’s Board of Directors

January 13, 2008

CUPERTINO, Calif. — March 7, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced the appointment of industry visionary Tim O’Reilly to its corporate board of directors. The company also announced that Dr. Jeffrey Pugh has joined its senior management team as vice president of engineering.

“The platforms powering the Web today are the enterprise infrastructure of tomorrow,” said Tim O’Reilly. “What we learn from those platforms is the enormous power of open source, open standards, and user involvement … and one more thing — that the future belongs to data. Every killer app on the Internet is a database application. And that makes MySQL the ‘Intel Inside’ of the next-generation of computer applications.”

Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, said, “Tim is one of the world’s leading experts on Web 2.0 and the architecture of participation. Jeffrey has a unique combination of understanding database technology and global management. In their respective roles, they’ll both greatly benefit our company and the overall MySQL community.”

“MySQL has an exciting opportunity to change the landscape of the database software business — to make things easier and better for all different types of users,” said Jeffrey Pugh, MySQL AB’s vice president of Engineering. “I am looking forward to leveraging our talented globally-distributed development organization and the open-source community to deliver the best online database for modern applications.”

Tim O’Reilly, independent board member

Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., is an internationally recognized activist for open source and open standards. In 2004, his company coined the phrase “Web 2.0” to describe a new wave of Internet computing that was taking greater advantage of open source software and user interactivity. On the O’Reilly Radar blog (http://radar.oreilly.com), Tim and the Radar team watch the “alpha geeks” and report on emerging technology trends. O’Reilly Media has been a chronicle and catalyst of cutting-edge development since 1978, spreading the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences.

Tim is one of the computer industry’s leading book publishers. O’Reilly Media also publishes online through the O’Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, the Web 2.0 Conference and the MySQL Conference & Expo. Tim’s blog (http://radar.oreilly.com) “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.

Jeffrey Pugh, vice president of engineering

Dr. Jeffrey Pugh is vice president of engineering for MySQL AB, responsible for the development of the company’s family of open source database server software and tools. Based in MySQL’s Silicon Valley office, he reports to Zack Urlocker, executive vice president of products.

Jeffrey has over 20 years experience in leading and managing software teams. He joins MySQL from Spoke Software where he was vice president of engineering and technology for that company’s Web-based sales prospecting and lead generation software. Previously, he served in executive technology management positions for Attensity Corporation, TenFold Corporation, and as CIO for E.M. Warburg Pincus & Co., LLC, a leading global private equity firm. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey held various software engineering and senior product management roles at Oracle Corporation, where he was on the founding team for Oracle’s ERP suite.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a PhD in Aeronautics/Applied Math from the California Institute of Technology.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 10 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

New ‘MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition’ – Reduces Cost & Complexity of Telecom Subscriber Databases

January 11, 2008

CUPERTINO, Calif. and UPPSALA, Sweden — February 21, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced the formation of a new Telecom sales and business unit to meet the growing demand for its high-availability real-time database solutions in the converging telecom industry. The company also announced the availability of a new version of its MySQL Cluster product, especially designed and certified for use in carrier grade telecom environments, such as such as network subscriber databases (HLR, HSS) and Service Delivery Platforms (SDP).

At last week’s 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, many companies spoke of the urgent need for the industry to evolve to centralized subscriber-centric networks that will increase average revenue per user (ARPU) while reducing system cost and complexity.

“Only MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade provides the telecom industry with the interoperability and performance of a relational database, plus the flexibility and TCO-savings of open source to power the next generation of subscriber-centric networks,” said Joe Morrissey, senior director of worldwide sales for MySQL AB’s new Telecom business unit. “Our new solution can scale better and has higher performance and availability than legacy proprietary technology — yet costs 90 percent less.”

MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition is a real-time, shared-nothing clustered database system that has been specially designed to meet the high availability, scalability and low latency requirements of telecom applications. Based on technology initially developed by Ericsson, MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition is already at the heart of subscriber databases and SDP applications for leading TEMs, including Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia.

“With MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition, we have successfully migrated to an ATCA-based Linux platform,” said Hervé Saliou, Business Manager of the Subscriber Database Management BU of Alcatel-Lucent. “This has allowed us to standardize our platform to take advantage of an open IT blade solution and at the same time, keep the high levels of scalability and availability required by our customers, including Tier 1.”

More information — including a new technical whitepaper on using MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition in telecom environments — is available at http://www.mysql.com/telecom.

About MySQL

MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 10 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

Linux Foundation inaugurates podcast series with Torvalds interview

January 9, 2008

The Linux Foundation has announced a new series of podcasts called Open Voices. Jim Zemlin, the foundation’s executive director, plans to interview notable members of the Linux and open source communities, such as Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos, and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth. The first podcast, an interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds, is available on the Linux Foundation site in MP3 and Ogg formats.

Zemlin’s inaugural interview explores Torvalds’ motivation in creating and continuing his work on Linux. Among other things, Torvalds discusses the split between the open source and the free software communities, and how the latest version of the GNU General Public License — GPLv3 — reflects the delta between the two camps.

MySQL AB Completes Record Year

January 8, 2008

CUPERTINO, Calif. — January 30, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today reported another milestone in its 11-year history with record results for the year ended December 31, 2006. The privately-held company continued to deliver rapid revenue growth — fuelled by the delivery of significant product, community and partner initiatives throughout the year. The recent launch of the new MySQL Enterprise subscription offering is especially drawing high praise among MySQL’s customers for its innovative monitoring tools and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

“Open source software adoption has come to an inflection point — past the early-adopter ‘techie’ phase and now reaching mainstream corporate use,” said Marten Mickos, MySQL AB’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are readying our company and delivering products to take advantage of this market-change. We expect to see increasing interest in open source from CEOs and CFOs, as well as from industry partners such as Capgemini, Red Hat and Unisys.”

In the past year, MySQL added over 2,500 new customers, who have selected the MySQL database server to power their Web sites, critical business applications, packaged software and telecommunications infrastructure. Corporate, professional services and OEM customers in the fourth quarter included:

1&1 Internet AG, AFP, Atempo, Amp’d Mobile, Cisco, Clareity Security, Cybersource Corporation, DataPharm Network, Dow Jones, Easyrun, Garmin International, Earthlink, Electronic Arts, eSchool Solutions, Fotolog, Freescale, Halley Informatica, Hewlett Packard, Juniper Networks, Mercado, MediaSpan, McClatchy Interactive, Midasplayer, McGraw-Hill, NBC, NetShops, Nortel Networks, Reuters, The Sage Group, Siemens AG Power Generation, Sourcefire, Sprint, The Swedish National Financial Management Authority, Thales, Tripwire, Vitarea, The Walt Disney Company, and Zappos.com.

MySQL 2006 Highlights
Record growth in enterprise subscription business — In the fourth quarter, the company launched its new MySQL Enterprise offering, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services. MySQL is continuing to change the way enterprise software is sold by today introducing customer-friendly annual site agreements at the unprecedented low cost of $40,000 [see separate press release on MySQL Enterprise Unlimited].
MySQL powers Web 2.0 users such as YouTube and Flickr — Time Magazine selecting “You” as Person of The Year and Google’s billion-dollar acquisition of YouTube has highlighted Web 2.0 as an industry- and societal-revolution. Almost all of these fast-growing interactive Web properties have selected the open source LAMP stack as their scalable software architecture — and MySQL as their database. Alexa Top 100 examples include Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Flickr, Second Life, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Slashdot, Blogger.com, Facebook, LiveJournal, Digg, Del.icio.us, Pricegrabber.com and Weather.com.
New pluggable storage engines — In April, the company launched its MySQL Certified Storage Engine Program, a way for third-party ISVs and open source community developers to produce high-quality add-in database engines for the millions of MySQL database users worldwide. Since that time, a wide range of engines have been unveiled through the program (http://www.mysql.com/engines). In December, MySQL released an alpha version of a new internally-developed transactional storage engine, codenamed ‘Falcon’.
Adoption of high-availability database technology — The company has also seen great interest and successful customer implementations with its MySQL Cluster high-availability database product — especially within the Telecom (Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, HP OpenCall, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks) and E-commerce/Web (Clareity, CyberSource, neckerman.de, Toto Lotto) markets. In 2007, MySQL will be creating a separate Telecom business unit to focus on and grow this opportunity.
Strength of MySQL Community — The open source ecosystem of software developers and vendors who support and contribute to MySQL’s popularity continues to grow, as seen by:
Visitors to the MySQL Web site have propelled it into the Alexa Top 500
Record attendance at the annual MySQL Conference (www.mysqlconf.com)
Contributions on MySQL Forge (forge.mysql.com) and PlanetMySQL.org blogs
Over 12 million downloads of the MySQL Server in 2006, making it one of the most popular software applications on the Internet.
Dennis Wolf, Chief Financial Officer of MySQL AB, said, “Fiscal 2006 was a great year for MySQL. We continued to post strong growth and have built an infrastructure that is now very scalable. We enter 2007 confident that our products and our talent will help the company achieve its aggressive goals.”

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 10 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

One of World’s Fastest-Growing Online Community Websites Relies on Open Source Database to Support High Volume and Traffic as Page Hits Surpass 200 Million per Month

January 7, 2008

LONDON –- June 12, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced that Gumtree.com — one of the world’s fastest growing online community websites, and the UK’s biggest site for local community classifieds — has selected and standardized on MySQL Enterprise to support its exponential growth and scalability requirements.

Gumtree.com initially began as a local online community notice board and now covers over 70 cities across eight countries. The first classifieds site in the UK to launch integrated map technology to help users locate flatshares, rentals and stuff for sale ‘at a glance’, Gumtree.com has also met a real appetite among users for embedding YouTube videos into traditional classified ads. Its recent expansion into Asia and the success of its new tools and ‘add ons’ have boosted UK listings to a record 10 million. Such extraordinary growth requires a solid technology foundation for coping with huge surges in website traffic.

“We were looking for a database that was scalable, reliable, robust and affordable,” said Phil Chambers, Head of Technology for Gumtree.com. “MySQL is all of those things, but it’s really the reliability and scalability that are fundamentally critical to us as a business. We use it to store all of our transaction data and to power all of our searches. MySQL is at the heart of everything we do and it effectively powers our entire business, which is why it was so important for us to select a database that would grow with our needs.”

MySQL AB’s expertise lies in helping users to cost-effectively manage explosive growth in their businesses through innovative database products and commercial services based on proven best practices. The company’s database server is a recognized platform of choice for a modern “Scale Out” application architecture — replicating multiple database servers on low-cost commodity hardware – as opposed to the traditional “Scale Up” approach of replacing systems with larger, more complex and more expensive infrastructure.

MySQL Enterprise is a comprehensive subscription, consisting of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

“MySQL is at the very foundation of helping us manage our growth as a business,” added Chambers. “I think most people probably recognize MySQL for their low-cost platform and better total cost of ownership over the traditional proprietary databases. However, it is MySQL’s technical expertise and business insight into what it actually takes to support high growth, high volume businesses that really set them apart. Lots of companies talk about managing explosive growth, but very few understand how to actually do it. In this context, they really are second to none.”

Richard Mason, MySQL AB’s vice president of EMEA, added, “Fast growth is both a blessing and a challenge for today’s modern enterprises. As Gumtree.com can attest, employing MySQL Enterprise in a Scale-Out architecture can help corporate IT departments plan for, afford and better manage their ‘growing pains’. Our technology, support staff and professional consultants are all focused on helping growing businesses scale.”

MySQL’s ‘Twelve Days of Scale-Out’
Each day from June 11-22, the MySQL Web site will be highlighting how many of the world’s fastest-growing companies — such as Gumtree.com — are using the MySQL database to cost-effectively Scale-Out their successful online businesses.

The campaign is live at www.mysql.com/scaleout.

What is Scale-Out?

Scale-Out is a modern computing architecture that enables organizations to improve application performance and scalability on an incremental, as-needed basis by adding multiple replicated database servers on low-cost commodity hardware. This is in contrast to a ‘Scale-Up’ approach, which requires organizations to make a large up-front investment in more expensive and complex server hardware and database licenses in order to add capacity.

On June 20, MySQL will be hosting a special worldwide Webinar titled, “Scale-Out & Replication Best Practices for High-Growth Businesses”. To register for this event, please visit www.mysql.com/scaleoutwebinar.

About Gumtree.com
Gumtree.com was started in March 2000 as a local online community notice board,- a place to find and advertise rooms, flats and houses, a notice board for selling and buying stuff, somewhere to find job or a date even just to chat with friends. The company has grown now covers over 70 cities across 8 countries, including the UK, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa and is the UK’s biggest website for local community classifieds, including flat share, flat rentals and jobs, with more than 1 million live ads at any one time and over 5.5 million visitors per month.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 11 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia and YouTube.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

The Twelve Days of Scale-Out: Zillow.com Deploys MySQL Cluster for High Growth with High Availability

January 5, 2008

CUPERTINO, Calif. — June 22, 2007 — MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open source database, today announced that the high-availability MySQL Cluster database conducts critical Web-centric, real-time data processing for Zillow.com, one of the Web’s most-visited real estate sites, with 4.2 million unique visitors in May 2007.

MySQL is featuring Zillow today as part of its “Twelve Days of Scale-Out” educational initiative. Each day from June 11-22, the MySQL Web site has been highlighting how many of the world’s fastest-growing companies are using the MySQL database to cost-effectively scale-out their successful online businesses. The campaign is live at www.mysql.com/scaleout.

Zillow.com is an online real estate community where homeowners, buyers, sellers, and real estate agents and professionals can find and share vital information about homes, for free. Launched in early 2006 with ZestimateTM values and data on millions of U.S. homes, Zillow has since “opened up” the site to community input, data and dialogue, including Home Q&A. Zillow’s goal is to help people become smarter about real estate — what homes are worth, what’s for sale, and what local experts have to say about real estate and individual homes. One of the most-visited real estate Web sites, Zillow was the only online company named by Advertising Age magazine to its 2006 “Marketing 50” list of the most powerful consumer brands.

“We’ve always known that our capacity to handle rapid Web traffic growth would be critical to the success of Zillow,” said Brian Milnes, director of IT Operations at Zillow. “We selected MySQL Cluster as a low-cost, high throughput database with easy scalability — and it has delivered. MySQL Cluster has enabled us to manage our growth smoothly, cost-effectively and intelligently plan for future expansion.”

MySQL Cluster combines the world’s most popular open source database with a fault tolerant database clustering architecture to deliver mission-critical database applications with 99.999 percent availability. With the performance and high throughput required to meet the most demanding applications, MySQL Cluster enables incremental, linear scaling without having to invest in expensive hardware.

Zillow’s ‘Growing’ Challenge
As soon as Zillow launched, it immediately generated a massive amount of Web traffic. As the company expanded its data and services and started to promote its distinctive brand, interest in Zillow continued to climb. Zillow’s founders knew from the company’s inception that the site’s ability to quickly process and manage massive amounts of data — in real time — would be key to its success. The company identified a need for a low latency and reliable Web database that would enable them to continue to increase the capacity of their infrastructure indefinitely without sacrificing performance.

Zillow’s MySQL Scale-Out Solution
Zillow uses MySQL Cluster — a special high availability version of MySQL — as the high transaction, low latency Web-centric database to conduct critical data processing for Zillow.com, in real time. The open source database has helped Zillow scale on a single interface to meet many of the database requirements that a high-growth Web site requires. While Zillow uses a variety of databases to address different data processing needs, MySQL Cluster on inexpensive hardware has proven to be a high availability and low-cost solution for its specialized Web site application. In an average month, Zillow.com now handles 4.2 million unique visitors.

Zillow has also taken advantage of MySQL AB’s expert consulting and support services. MySQL professional services provided Zillow with prototyping and capacity planning to make it easy for the company to launch its service. According to Zillow, its database administrators were able to quickly learn MySQL Cluster’s simple interface and deliver highly available capabilities due to MySQL AB’s responsive technical support team and thorough documentation.

As a result of their success with MySQL Cluster, Zillow is continuing to evaluate the database for new applications that could benefit from an affordable, Scale-Out architecture.

What is Scale-Out?

Scale-Out is a modern computing architecture that enables organizations to improve application performance and scalability on an incremental, as-needed basis by adding multiple replicated database servers on low-cost commodity hardware. This is in contrast to a ‘Scale-Up’ approach, which requires organizations to make a large up-front investment in more expensive and complex server hardware and database licenses in order to add capacity.

This week, MySQL presented a special worldwide technical webinar on “Scale-Out & Replication Best Practices for High-Growth Businesses”. To view a replay, please visit www.mysql.com/scaleoutwebinar.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 11 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia and YouTube.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.

Qype Users Share Information Thanks to MySQL

January 4, 2008

MUNICH — July 3, 2007 –- MySQL AB, developer of the world’s most popular open-source database, today announced that its product helps power Qype, the popular German multi-city magazine and review portal. The MySQL database gives Qype users quick and easy access to the addresses and GPS coordinates of places of interest in more than 2,200 cities and towns — along with user reviews on them.

“We are pleased that the Qype portal has given us the opportunity to demonstrate how well MySQL performs in rapidly-growing Web 2.0 applications,” comments Kaj Arnö, MySQL AB’s vice president of community relations. The number of visitors to the online magazine has skyrocketed since its launch in April 2006. Currently, Qype gets 3 million page impressions per month.

What makes Qype different is that unlike other online product comparison sites, it focuses more on the reviewers than on what they are reviewing. Personal user reviews and recommendations are added to all listings, which include gas stations, bars, day care centers, restaurants, attractions, physicians, pet stores, babysitters and sports clubs – in short, anything you could expect to find in a business phone directory, and more. To date, Qype has 15,000 authors whose reviews are read by approximately a million visitors every month.

“We were looking for a fast, reliable, inexpensive database technology for data storage,” Stephan Uhrenbacher, CEO of Qype GmbH recalls. “MySQL was impressive in all these respects, but also provided excellent support in many languages and helpful frameworks. Its integration into our social community — based on Ruby on Rails — came off without a hitch.”

Today, Qype uses MySQL for all front end-related processes and user interactions. The database allows users to search by keyword, proximity, rating points and address. Qype also takes advantage of MySQL Spatial Extensions for geographic searches in nearby locations and the InnoDB storage engine for transactions. The system runs on an IBM eServer 346 with Intel Xeon processor in Linux OS Debian 3.1. Because of rapidly increasing requirements, Qype is currently evaluating MySQL Cluster technology in order to extend its environment.

About Qype
Qype is an online review portal and city magazine operated by Qype GmbH in Hamburg. Registered members review businesses, places and services in more than 2,200 cities and towns. Personal recommendations and evaluations – written by users for users – are added to listings. Since its launch in summer 2006, Qype currently has grown to approximately one million users a month and 15,000 content authors. In March 2007, the company was awarded the “Red Herring Award”, which is presented to the most promising privately-owned technology companies all over the world by the US-based online magazine Red Herring. For additional information, please visit www.qype.com.

About MySQL
MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high-performance, affordable database products. The company’s flagship offering is ‘MySQL Enterprise’, a comprehensive set of production-tested software, proactive monitoring tools, and premium support services.

MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with over 11 million active installations. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software — including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia and YouTube.

With headquarters in the United States and Sweden — and operations around the world — MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers’ needs in a profitable, sustainable business model. For more information about MySQL, please visit www.mysql.com.