Thursday, 20 October 2011 12:24

SkySQL has many gains in first year

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Exactly one year ago, a group of former employees of what was once the company with the most popular open source database, MySQL, came together to form SkySQL, a fork of the project.


This was at a time when Oracle Corporation, which had acquired MySQL as part of its purchase of Sun Microsystems, had not provided any clear direction on which path the project would take.

Ulf Sandberg, the chief executive of SkySQL, (pictured below) told iTWire today that there had been rapid growth due to the take-up by new customers and the switching of old customers.
Ulf Sandberg
He attributed this partly due to the fact that SkySQL was trying its best to reproduce the culture of the old independent MySQL before it was bought by Sun.

It was also due to the changing attitudes at Oracle, Sandberg said. As an example, he pointed to the fact that when Oracle released version 5.5 of MySQL, it also introduced changes in pricing, and click-through licensing.

"Entry-level service agreements were scratched - in short everything that a big corporate would do was done and it has helped us no end," he said.

Hence, he said, customers who could not get the kind of pricing they wanted from Oracle had looked for an alternative and many had ended up with SkySQL.

"There is a feeling among many industry people that Oracle will shut down MySQL sometime," he added.


Sandberg said around 160 new customers had been signed up in the first year and the company had received 900,000 from Tekes, Finland's main public funding agency for research, development, and innovation, to fund research and development.


Recently-added customers include market leaders such as Craigslist, Club Med, Constant Contact, Marin Software, De Particulier à Particulier, and La Poste.

SkySQL has attracted leading technology and distribution partners, including Monty Program, Webyog, Linbit, Severalnines, ScaleDB, Shadowsoft, Sphinx Technologies, Zmanda, Creo Systems, Globalink, Touch Solutions, and many more.

Prominent among the former MySQL people at the company is David Axmark, one of the three co-creators of MySQL, who functions as an adviser.

SkySQL, which has its headquarters in Finland, has employees in 14 countries - Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US.

It has partners - delivery, resale or both - in some of these 14 countries, and additionally in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, South Korea and the Philippines.

 

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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