Home Business IT Open Source SkySQL takes over MySQL support for GamePoint

SkySQL, a company set up by former employees of MySQL, has taken over the provision of support to GamePoint, a social gaming platform that has close to a million users.

MySQL is now owned by Oracle which has not exactly proven itself to be friendly to the free and open source software community. The level of disillusionment with the progress of MySQL has grown to the point where major GNU/Linux distributions are now switching to MariaDB, a fork of MySQL created by one of its original founders, Monty Widenius.

The founders of SkySQL saw a need for providing support for MySQL and in the 18 months of the company's existence have done pretty well.

GamePoint, which is now in its 15th year, is based in the Netherlands. Players can use a virtual currency on its platform to play games like chess, darts and bingo. It logs close to a billion minutes of game time each month.

Its members have grown by nearly two-thirds in the last quarter and hence managing the databases internally was proving to be something of a problem.

Michael de Groot, IT director, was looking after support, getting database fixes quickly to ensure MySQL databases were running properly.

He said: “With the recent success at GamePoint we have more players playing on the platform which meant we only had time to look at urgent issues. We could not test everything in the database so we often could not see what is wrong quickly.  Ultimately those unresolved problems lead to longer downtime.”

Looking outside, de Groot chose SkySQL due to its history with MySQL. In its ranks are one of the three original MySQL founders David Axmark, and also former MySQL senior vice-president of global services, Ulf Sandberg.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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