Sun Microsystems Releases MySQL 5.1

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This week Sun Microsystems announced the general availability of MySQL 5.1. This is a major new release of the world's most popular open source database. The production-ready MySQL 5.1 software is available for download now at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/. MySQL 5.1 has been downloaded over 250,000 times in the days it has been generally available. 

 "MySQL 5.1's low total cost combined with its high performance, scalability and enterprise-class features is the right database solution for many large corporations and Web companies, especially in today's economic climate,” said Marten Mickos, senior vice president, Database Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With more than a quarter of a million downloads of MySQL 5.1 in its first ten days, we are proud to deliver this robust product that is garnering such interest from the open source community."

New industry research shows the continued growth and maturation of the market for open source database management systems (DBMS). In Gartner, Inc.’s “The Growing Maturity of Open-Source Database Management Systems,” published in late November, Gartner VP Donald Feinberg reported that a recently conducted study by the firm demonstrated a 50% increase from 2007 to 2008 in the usage of open source DBMSs in production, repeating previous findings that revenue growth in the open source DBMS segment grew at a rate of 42% from 2006 to 2007, far outpacing the overall DBMS market at 13%.

Moving forward, Gartner projects 40% CAGR growth in the open source DBMS segment over the next five years, resulting in an estimated $1 billion market by 2013.

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