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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- December 8, 2008 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the general availability of MySQL™ 5.1, a major new release of the world's most popular open source database. Designed to improve performance and simplify management of large-scale database applications, the production-ready MySQL 5.1 software is available for download now at dev.mysql.com/downloads.
MySQL 5.1 has been downloaded more than 250,000 times in the ten days it has been generally available. This show of community interest and adoption follows a number of well-received database announcements that Sun has made this quarter -- including Sun Systems for MySQL as well as the new MySQL Query Analyzer tool that is now part of its MySQL Enterprise™ subscription offering.
"MySQL 5.1's low total cost combined with its high performance, scalability and enterprise-class features is the right database solution for many large corporations and Web companies, especially in today's economic climate," said Marten Mickos, senior vice president, Database Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With more than a quarter of a million downloads of MySQL 5.1 in its first ten days, we are proud to deliver this robust product that is garnering such interest from the open source community."
New industry research shows the continued growth and maturation of the market for open source database management systems (DBMS). In Gartner, Inc.'s "The Growing Maturity of Open-Source Database Management Systems", published on November 28, 2008, Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst Donald Feinberg reports that a recently conducted study by the firm demonstrated a 50% increase from 2007 to 2008 in the usage of open source DBMSs in production. The report repeats previous findings that revenue growth in the open source DBMS segment grew at a rate of 42% from 2006 to 2007, far outpacing the overall DBMS market at 13%. Moving forward, Gartner projects 40% CAGR growth in the open source DBMS segment over the next five years, resulting in an estimated $1 billion market by 2013.
Feinberg offers guidance and advice to those considering open-source DBMS products: "The cost benefits of using an open-source DBMS is increasing and the risk of using it is decreasing. Open-source DBMS engines can be used today for non-mission-critical applications with reduced risk over several years ago." Moreover, "if the technical capabilities of the staff are strong, use of an open-source DBMS in mission-critical environments is possible now -- with obvious implications to the cost of resources to manage the DBMS and applications." Finally, "only use an open-source DBMS engine supplied by a vendor who controls or participates in the engineering of the DBMS and always purchase subscription support when used in production environments."
The full Gartner report is available here.
MySQL 5.1 features a number of new enterprise-class enhancements, including:
"We have tested other databases, but have not found anything as fast for our data sets as well-partitioned tables in MySQL 5.1," said Guy Adams, Chief Technical Officer of Parallel Ltd., a provider of satellite management and network operations software to some of the world's largest communications companies.
MySQL 5.1 is available now for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Enterprise Linux Server, Microsoft Windows, Solaris™ 10 Operating System (OS), Macintosh OS X, Free BSD, HP-UX, IBM AIX, IBM i5/OS and other popular Linux distributions.
The MySQL 5.1 GA release is available via three models to serve the unique needs of different users:
For downloads and more information on MySQL 5.1, go to www.mysql.com/51.
MySQL is the most popular open source database software in the world. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, critical business systems, and commercial software. At www.mysql.com, Sun provides corporate users with premium subscriptions and services, and actively supports the large MySQL open source developer community.
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