MySQL Launches SAAS Onslaught

By Sara Driscoll  |  Posted 2008-02-11 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The open-source database vendor has launched a program aimed at hosting providers.

Despite being in the middle of a takeover by Sun Microsystems, MySQL has unveiled a channel program aimed at giving the firm a leg up into the software-as-a-service market.

The Authorized Hosting Partner Program will help MySQL capture more Web-based applications developers, according to Bertrand Matthelie, senior director of EMEA Marketing. "The world is moving online, it is an unstoppable shift. Users want applications delivered anywhere through their browser and SAAS is becoming a major trend," he said. 

Matthelie said it was the demand by end users that has driven MySQL to launch the program. "We want to give customers a choice of how to get our products," he said. 

The program is designed to give hosting providers the tools to host the applications and give the application providers the knowledge of which hosting firms have MySQL expertise. Hosting providers that join the program get access to the MySQL Enterprise offering: MySQL Enterprise Server, MySQL Enterprise Monitor and MySQL Premium Tech support 24/7.  

"The hosting provider can then provide the MySQL platform for ISVs who can then develop applications and deliver it as a SAAS option for customers," Matthelie said. He said the company is aiming to recruit hosting providers across the globe who serve any size of customer.

However, MySQL is currently in takeover talks, as Sun made a $1 billion offer for the company last month. Matthelie said the buyout was positive news for potential MySQL hosting providers. "It means there will be increased support on whatever platform." Matthelie said it would not mean the providers would have to change to Solaris. "We will absolutely continue to support other platforms such as Windows and Linux," he said.

It seems the takeover has not affected response to the hosting partner program; MySQL already has a number hosting providers onboard, including Logicworks and iEurop.

"We have been longstanding proponents of MySQL, and we are proud to be the first Authorized MySQL Platinum Hosting Partner in the U.S.," said Carter Burden, CEO of Logicworks, in a statement. "The certified MySQL Enterprise software and support will help us ensure that our clients can further benefit from our Managed Database Services and database availability guarantees for even the most complex, business-critical customer applications."

 
 
 
 
Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com
 
 
 
 
 
 

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