September 27, 2012

SkySQL Cloud Data Suite: Ts&Cs for Dummies

The SkySQL® Cloud Data Suite Agreement is, like any set of terms and conditions, written in legalese. But what does it really say, in broad strokes?

While the legalese terms and conditions constitute the valid agreement, I think it's a good idea to condense some key thoughts into plain English. So here goes:

  1. We give you the right to remotely access our SkySQL Cloud Data Suite and use it to configure and download the MariaDB database for your use on your own Amazon AWS account.
  2. We provide you with a 30-day trial license to use MONyog.
  3. Although you need to have your own AWS account, we don’t need access to any of your data.
  4. If you ask for the SkySQL Cloud Data Suite to automatically download your configured MariaDB dbms, we won’t store your AWS credentials.
  5. Downloaded software is made available to you under the license terms of the underlying software (usually GPLv2).
  6. Subscription support services are separately available for your downloaded dbms.
  7. The SkySQL Cloud Data Suite in its present shape is free of charge, so SkySQL makes no representations or warranties.

Translating any Ts&Cs from legalese to plain text is somewhat lossy compression, but hopefully helpful.

Conclusion: Launch your 100% MySQL-compatible cloud database today, the technology is free to use (see Ts&Cs translation above). All you need is an AWS user account.

About Kaj Arnö

One of the company founders, Kaj Arnö has been with the company from the start in October 2010. Kaj is a software industry generalist, having served as VP Professional Services, VP Engineering, CIO and VP Community Relations of MySQL AB prior to the acquisition by Sun. At Sun, Kaj served as MySQL Ambassador to Sun and Sun VP of Database Community. Kaj is board member of Carus Ltd Ab (Åland) and Footbalance System Oy (Finland) and was founder, CEO and 14 year main entrepreneur of Polycon Ab (Finland). His non-IT passion is to experience the world with his own muscle power.

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