|Former type||Private company|
|Founder(s)||Michael Widenius, David Axmark and Allan Larsson|
|Headquarters||Uppsala, Sweden and Cupertino, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Mårten Mickos, CEO
Dennis Wolf CFO and EVP
Mark C. Burton, EVP Sales
Zack Urlocker, EVP Products
Kaj Arnö, VP Open Source Community Relations
Ulf Sandberg, SVP Worldwide Services
Clint Smith, VP General Counsel
Larry Stefonic, SVP Asia Pacific
Kevin Harvey, Chairman
|Products||MySQL, MySQL Cluster|
MySQL AB was a software company that was founded in 1995. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008; Sun was in turn acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010. MySQL AB is the creator of MySQL, a relational database management system, as well as related products such as MySQL Cluster. The company was dually headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden and Cupertino, California with offices in other countries (Paris, Munich, Dublin, Milan, and Tokyo).
Together with Linux, Apache, and PHP, the MySQL Server forms one of the building blocks of the LAMP technology stack. The company claims a user base of over 5 million MySQL installations worldwide and over 10 million product downloads in 2004.
MySQL AB representatives are commonly cited as champions of what they claim to be a "second generation" of open source companies. The revenues of both first and second generation open source companies usually derive from selling support, consulting services, and training for their products.
What generally distinguishes this "second generation" of companies, such as MySQL AB and Trolltech, from earlier "open source" business models is dual licensing — while the software may be made available under the provisions of some open source license, the software is, in fact, owned by the commercial companies who seek to derive revenues from selling traditional software licenses.
As an example, MySQL AB makes MySQL available under the GPL at no charge, but sells it under other more traditional licenses to clients who do not find the GPL to be ideal for their purposes, such as inclusion of MySQL AB technology in a closed source product.
Other sources of revenue for MySQL AB are providing support and consulting, as well as training and certification for MySQL Server. Together with some additional services, MySQL also provide this as a subscription-based product called MySQL Enterprise, which is also resold by other companies such as Dell, HP, and Novell.
- 1995 Company founded by Michael Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson
- 2001 Mårten Mickos elected CEO
- 2001 First round financing by Scandinavian venture capitalists
- 2003 Second round financing by a group of investors headed by Benchmark Capital
- 2003 Partnership agreement concluded with SAP, acquiring the full commercial rights to MaxDB
- 2003 Acquired Alzato, a subsidiary of Ericsson
- 2005 MySQL Network subscription service launched
- 2006 Third round financing by Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, and others
- 2008 Announcement of acquisition by Sun Microsystems
- 2010 Announcement of acquisition by Oracle Corporation
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