MySQL AB was a Swedish software company founded in 1995. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008, Sun was in turn acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2010. MySQL AB is the creator of MySQL, a relational database management system, as well as related products such as MySQL Cluster. The company was dually headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden and Cupertino, California with offices in other countries (France (Paris), Germany (Munich), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Milan); and Japan (Tokyo)). With around 400 employees in 25 countries,[1] MySQL AB was one of the largest open source companies. Around 70% of the employees worked for MySQL from their home offices.[2]

TypePrivate company
IndustryComputer software
GenreDatabase software
FounderMichael Widenius, David Axmark and Allan Larsson
SuccessorOracle Corporation
Key people
Mårten Mickos, CEO
Dennis Wolf CFO and EVP
Mark C. Burton, EVP Sales
Zack Urlocker, EVP Products
Kaj Arnö, VP Open Source Community Relations
Ulf Sandberg, SVP Worldwide Services
Clint Smith, VP General Counsel
Larry Stefonic, SVP Asia Pacific
Kevin Harvey, Chairman
Allan Larsson
ProductsMySQL, MySQL Cluster
Number of employees

Together with Linux, Apache, and PHP, the MySQL Server forms one of the building blocks of the LAMP technology stack. The company claimed over 5 million MySQL installations and over 10 million product downloads in 2004.


MySQL AB representatives are commonly cited as champions of what they claim to be a "second generation" of open source companies.[citation needed] The revenues of both first and second generation open source companies usually derive from selling support, consulting services, and training for their products. What generally distinguishes this "second generation" of companies, such as MySQL AB and Trolltech, from earlier "open source" business models is dual licensing — the software is supplied under an open source license, but traditional software licences are also sold by the company that owns the software. As an example, MySQL AB makes MySQL available under the GPL at no charge, but sells it under other more traditional licenses to clients who do not find the GPL to be ideal for their purposes, such as inclusion of MySQL AB technology in a closed source product.

Other sources of revenue for MySQL AB were providing support and consulting, as well as training and certification for MySQL Server. Together with some additional services, MySQL also provided a subscription-based product called MySQL Enterprise, which is also resold by other companies such as Dell, HP, and Novell.


A third round of about $18.5 million financing led by Institutional Venture Partners, including Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures, and others was disclosed in February 2006.[4][5] On January 16, 2008, MySQL AB announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Sun Microsystems for approximately $1 billion.[1][6][7][8] The acquisition completed on 26 February 2008. Oracle Corporation then acquired Sun in 2010.


  1. ^ a b "Sun to Acquire MySQL". MySQL AB. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Josh (2006-05-31). "Fortune: MySQL: Workers in 25 countries with no HQ". Fortune Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  3. ^ "MySQL Launches MySQL Network for Corporate Enterprises Looking to Fast-Track Open Source Database Deployment". Press release. February 15, 2005. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "MySQL AB Secures $18.5 Million in Series C Funding; IVP Leads Intel Capital, Red Hat, SAP Ventures & Presidio STX in an Investment Round to Provide for Continued Enterprise Growth for the World's Most Popular Open Source Database". Press release. February 13, 2006. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities" (PDF). US Securities and Exchange Commission. March 16, 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Jonathan Schwartz. "Helping Dolphins Fly". Blog. Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  7. ^ "Sun acquires MySQL". MySQL AB. January 16, 2008. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  8. ^ "MySQL blogs: Sun acquires MySQL". Archived from the original on January 17, 2008.

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