On Wednesday, Oracle announced that it had finally made an offer BEA Systems could not refuse. At the same time, Sun Microsystems jumped into the database market with both feet, giving up $1 billion to acquire open source database vendor MySQL.
According to The Washington Post, the acquisition gives Sun the ability to better support the LAMP stack. (LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP, which is the software stack behind many Web sites.) MySQL also has strong software-as-a-service offerings that are attractive to Sun, the story says.
MySQL CEO Marten Mickos will join the Sun executive team, and the company's 400 employees will be integrated into Sun's operations.
In his blog, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz says the buy will allow Sun to optimize the LAMP stack on Solaris, Windows and Linux operating systems; the company will offer global support for MySQL; "MySQL's partners are going to be the centerpiece of [Sun's] solutions and offers;" and Sun will begin investing in university research programs that will "advance the state of engineering on the Internet."