10 thoughts on “With Demand Growing, MySQL CEO Calls It Quits”

  1. The exits of the MySQL key men, its acquisition by Sun, and the past year’s Web20 scaling failures all over the map have also highlighted a growing understanding that we have cultured a Web architecture and workforce that builds inherently unreliable Web applications.

    MySQL ushered in an era where application servers (Apache) could easily be connected to relational, sophisticated, free databases; it was a revolution. Innovative ORM systems broke the mold on old SQL’s stale expressions.

    But we gained a devil’s bargain – easy to create Web Apps that could not grow without arcane replicationa and clustering. Now we have a plethora of new sharding techniques, and all sorts of grid solutions for getting away from the column / row paradigm. Or, on the other hand, we preserve the illusion of columns and rows, and create other, more robust storage methods that scale better under the hood.

    MySQL will grow with the times, but it has reached a point where it will compete with DB4O, and other, newer, and in my opinion, more naturally robust data storage architectures.

    And as I said, it is just a timing thing that the honchos are taking break as these limitations are giving way to new alternatives.

  2. I love MySQL. But I am also tired of Marten’s failure to fix some of the obvious problems Alan references, and which people like Don Macaskill at SmugMug outline here:


    Marten is a typical slick sales exec, who lost touch with the community that handed him the business model he and his fat cat partners turned into a windfall.

  3. “Marten was frustrated by the bureaucracy at Sun…”

    Doesn’t surprise me. Many small upstart/maverick people who sell to big companies end up feeling the same way. The corporate culture shock of the sale is too much for some.

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