Q: What about the new Enterprise version MySQL?
Its our first [enterprise version]. It was launched a month ago. The initial reactions have been very positive. But note here that we launched the Enterprise version with [release] 5.28, which is a new version, but it was not a major new feature release. And the monitoring service that we discussed earlier is as a release candidate so it will come out as GA in about one month.
Marten Mickos, MySQL CEO
So the announcement happened a month ago, the product was immediately available, but in typical open source fashion we add new functionality all the time. Its release early, release often. We dont sit and wait it for it, to make some big bang announcement.
Q; What does MySQL have planned for 2007?
It will be the growth into the modern enterprise. And I say modern specifically to show that we are not trying to get the migration deals from Oracle. Were trying to get the new applications that are being deployed. And thats the part that is growing much more rapidly than anything else.
And we just won a big deal in Sweden. The Swedish police decided to build all their new applications on Linux, JBoss and MySQL.
Q: What will your main focus be in the years ahead?
We think we are powering the new online world. And we learned this trade in Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, but it stretches into the enterprise today. So its online in terms of data marts, its online in terms of departmental, data warehousing, and e-commerce. And its online in terms of telephony and telecom applications. So thats our focus very much.
We just see that with one billion people on the Internet today, and companies being more and more Internet-enabled, thats where the big, big growth will be.
Q: So the new growth will be powering the online world. In your view, is this a different world than the enterprise world?
I think there will be an old part of the enterprise world that refuses to see the new stuff and they will continue to run on mainframes and old Oracle databases. But the new ones are the ones being built now that follow the new scale-out architecture and service-oriented architecture, and they will run on us.
There will be an old part of the enterprise world that refuses to see the new stuff and they will continue to run on mainframes and old Oracle databases.
Q: What are the challenges for MySQL?
For a growth company its important to stay focused and just have your internal things in shape. Just managing growth to focus the organization, keep it running very fast, and fix the problems quickly. There are always things that go wrong and then you need to fix them quickly.
I dont want to sound too arrogant or anything, but I think out in the marketplace were just enormously popular. We have so many passionate customers who are just loving this.
How many complaints per year do I get elevated to me? I think Ive had four this year four customers whove had situations they had to raise to my level. And with millions of users I think its just amazing how well weve been able to serve them.
And keeping up with that takes a lot of internal work. We have a fantastic support team and we need to make sure they have the training and the manpower they need. And all that happens behind the scenes, but thats what weve been spending a lot of time on.
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