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.
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 Ã 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.