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}}MySQL AB was a Swedish software company 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 (France (Paris), Germany (Munich), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Milan); and Japan (Tokyo)).With around 400 employees in 25 countries, MySQL AB was one of the largest open source companies. Around 70% of the employees worked for MySQL from their home offices.NEWS, Fortune: MySQL: Workers in 25 countries with no HQ, Fortune Magazine,weblink 2006-05-31, 2010-05-19, Josh, Hyatt, Together with Linux, Apache, and PHP, the MySQL Server forms one of the building blocks of the LAMP technology stack. The company claimed over 5 million MySQL installations and over 10 million product downloads in 2004.

Revenue

MySQL AB representatives are commonly cited as champions of what they claim to be a "second generation" of open source companies.{{Citation needed|date=February 2007}} 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 — the software is supplied under an open source license, but traditional software licences are also sold by the company that owns the software. 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 were providing support and consulting, as well as training and certification for MySQL Server. Together with some additional services, MySQL also provided a subscription-based product called MySQL Enterprise, which is also resold by other companies such as Dell, HP, and Novell.

History

  • 1995 Company founded by Michael Widenius, David Axmark, and Allan Larsson
  • 2001 MÃ¥rten 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 SE, acquiring the full commercial rights to MaxDB
  • 2003 Acquired Alzato, a subsidiary of Ericsson
  • In February 2005 the MySQL Network subscription service was announced (later called MySQL Enterprise).NEWS, MySQL Launches MySQL Network for Corporate Enterprises Looking to Fast-Track Open Source Database Deployment, February 15, 2005, Press release,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20051214221523weblink">weblink December 30, 2005, October 9, 2016,
A third round of about $18.5 million financing led by Institutional Venture Partners, including Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, and others was disclosed in February 2006.NEWS, MySQL AB Secures $18.5 Million in Series C Funding; IVP Leads Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures & Presidio STX in an Investment Round to Provide for Continued Enterprise Growth for the World's Most Popular Open Source Database, February 13, 2006, Press release,weblink October 9, 2016, WEB, Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities, March 16, 2006, US Securities and Exchange Commission,weblink October 9, 2016, On January 16, 2008, MySQL AB announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Sun Microsystems for approximately $1 billion.WEB, Sun to Acquire MySQL, MySQL AB,weblink 2008-01-16, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080117192218weblink">weblink January 17, 2008, WEB, Jonathan Schwartz, Helping Dolphins Fly, Blog, Sun Microsystems,weblink 2008-01-16, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080117152758weblink">weblink January 17, 2008, WEB,weblink Sun acquires MySQL, MySQL AB, January 16, 2008, 2008-01-16, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080117020441weblink">weblink January 17, 2008, WEB, MySQL blogs: Sun acquires MySQL,weblink yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080117145001weblink">weblink January 17, 2008, The acquisition completed on 26 February 26, 2008. Oracle Corporation then acquired Sun in 2010.

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