Mickos Departing Sun as Well

Posted by on February 6, 2009 in Applications, Person of Interest | Comments Off

diskpackMarten Mickos, the former CEO of what was MySQL AB before it was assimilated by the borg known as Sun is tendered to leave them in 3Q. This leaves Sun with none of the original core of management/development for the MySQL product. –

I just got news that Marten Mickos, former MySQL CEO, is to depart Sun amid a reorganisation of its infrastructure and database business units. Don’t expect an announcement from Sun on this, but the news is confirmed.

It seems that Sun is combining its Software Infrastructure organization with its Database Group to form a unified open source product group under the leadership of Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL & Software Infrastructure.

Marten will be transitioning out of Sun by the end of the company’s (current) third quarter.

Mickos, his wallets flush with cash will not stand idle for long. Bet in 2 years he has a competing effort going. There is already a competing DB product called Drizzle that is starting to make some headway. Fact is ‘in the cloud’ datasets are not the great row-col of old but more tree and container. So a guy like Mickos has a rich opportunity to come out with something new and useful. Or he could sit on a beach in the BVI and drink Mai-Tais all day. His choice and he can afford it.