Patrik Sallner's Blog

September 29, 2014

New name and new challenges

As we start the beginning of our FY15, I want to thank all our customers, partners, staff, and community members for their contributions this past year. I'm proud of what we collectively achieved even as we drove significant changes in our business and organization. It's energizing to feel the momentum and enthusiasm building around MariaDB.

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September 11, 2014

Summer Progress & Collaboration

Over the summer, SkySQL has taken big strides in our collaboration with strategic partners. Our relationship with IBM has deepened and broadened as the porting and optimization of MariaDB on Power8 servers has progressed. The performance results look very promising and this collaboration is already opening some very exciting discussions with lead customers.

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July 08, 2014

Why Tesla drives faster on open source fuel

Elon Musk has “Va Va Voom”. His forward thinking has delivered many successes over the years, from payment provider PayPal, to SpaceX, which manufactures space launch vehicles. No surprise then he has been compared to Tony Stark (Iron Man from the Marvel comic series). However, his latest announcement shows shrewd business judgement, something Musk is renowned for, shining through as he sets his sights on the global car industry. Read more on open shared innovation in this blog by Patrik Sallner, CEO at SkySQL.

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March 28, 2014

Discovering the WebScale-treasure chest

Yesterday’s WebScaleSQL announcement marks yet another win for collaboration and openness. It opens up a treasure chest of database innovations built by the Internet leaders in order to scale their services to hundreds of millions of users. While some code was available earlier, the commitments made now ensure higher levels of quality and greater ease of access. These innovations increase significantly the diversity of contributions in the MySQL and MariaDB community.

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September 30, 2013

Update from SkySQL CEO: Patrik Sallner

On April 25th, we announced the merger of SkySQL with the MariaDB team. We are now pleased to announce that as of yesterday, September 30th, this merger was closed following approval by the relevant authorities. The teams are now one and we are focused on laying a course for the successful evolution and growth of MariaDB.

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February 06, 2013

Congratulations on the GA release of MySQL 5.6!

Tuesday, February 5th was an important day in the MySQL ecosystem due to the release by Oracle of the long-awaited MySQL 5.6 GA. Many MySQL users have been looking forward to this release in order to benefit from the improved performance and scalability.

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December 13, 2012

A Tale of Two Connectors

LGPL release of MariaDB connectors opens up new possibilities for application developers

As I said last month, SkySQL has the goal of being THE provider of valuable, performance-enhancing and revenue-generating solutions for the 15 million users of open source MySQL and MariaDB databases in enterprise and cloud computing. 

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October 30, 2012

What Do You Mean, “Open Source is a Type of Marketing”?

Open Source software isn’t just about collaborative development and free distribution

The two-way dialogue inherent in open source software is also a marketing aspiration

While taking part in a discussion at Open World Forum in Paris earlier this month, I said something that seemed to make waves - “open source is a type of marketing” - so I thought I’d use this post to explain what I meant by this.

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September 26, 2012

When You’re Ready for the Cloud, SkySQL Will Be There To Help You Make the Most of It

When SkySQL opened its doors two years ago, we purposely set out with the goal to build trusted and value-for-money services for users of MySQL and MariaDB databases. We focused on offering a quality alternative for those deploying open source systems - and we feel that we have succeeded. Our plan was to build a service business and customer base that will create a strong platform on which to develop our own products in collaboration with key customers. Red Hat is the only other successful start-up that I am aware of having taken a similar approach of first building a successful services business before developing products.

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August 23, 2012

SkySQL and MariaDB Working Together to Keep MySQL an Open Ecosystem

I pledged, in my first post last month, that SkySQL will do its part to promote the best of MySQL and its community. Given the recent discovery that Oracle is no longer publishing test cases for bug fixes, and the dialogue surrounding it, it feels like the right time to share my thoughts on what this means to the open source collective, and what we can do – and are doing – about it.

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