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Sun opens up on the limits of MySQL Enterprise UnlimitedMatthew Aslett, February 27, 2008 @ 4:41 am ET
UPDATED – As you can see from the comments on this, the change is not Sun limiting Enterprise Unlimited, but being being more open about the limits. Kudos to Sun for doing so – UPDATED.
Sun Microsystems has announced the completion of its acquisition of MySQL – “the most important acquisition in the modern software industry” according to Jonathan Schwartz – and that MySQL’s open souirce database is now backed by Sun’s “17,000-strong global sales and services organization and its extensive international network of authorized distribution channels”.
The company has also confirmed that MySQL Enterprise Unlimited, the site-wide agreement introduced in January last year that provides unlimited use of MySQL Enterprise for $40,000, the same price Oracle charges per CPU for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, is only available to companies with 400 employees or less.
MySQL Enterprise Unlimited is proof of the open source model’s ability to disrupt a market but also effectively places a cap on the revenue MySQL – and now Sun – can earn per customer. Given that Sun is aiming to grow adoption of MySQL among its biggest customers it is no great surprise to see that Sun is apparently exploring introducing further pricing bands for larger companies.
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