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Sun Makes $1B MySQL Move

Sun revealed plans to acquire database specialist MySQL for $1 billion this morning, outlining its plans to use open source as a springboard for its storage wares.

The deal, for $800 million in cash and a further $200 million in options, is the latest in a string of recent open source-related announcements from Sun, as the vendor attempts to get its storage business back on track.

"This is, I think, the most important acquisition that Sun has made in the history of the company," said Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, on a conference call this morning.

Sun now sees a massive opportunity to expand the reach of its storage products. "We can bring a breadth of technology and services offerings to the MySQL customer base," added Schwartz, highlighting, in particular, the database platform's 100 percent attach rate for servers and storage.

To date, more than 100 million copies of MySQL's software have been downloaded and distributed. Around 50,000 copies of the software are downloaded daily. Big-name MySQL customers include Google, Facebook, Nokia, Baidu, and China Mobile, which are all wrestling with vast volumes of data.

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