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MySQL AB, developer of the world's most popular open source database, today announced 'MySQL Enterprise', a new version of its flagship commercial subscription service that includes new automated, proactive technology to help corporate users monitor and tune their production MySQL database systems.
What's the link between eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, often regarded as the father of modern economics, and the open-source software movement? According to Marten Mickos, the chief executive officer of open-source database company MySQL AB, it's Smith's concept of an "invisible hand," which guides individuals pursuing their own betterment to achieve goals that also benefit society at large.
MySQL is the recognized leader in open source database software with over 10 million users. Many of the world's largest organizations, including Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA rely on MySQL for their business-critical applications.
If there's one thing the top Web 2.0 sites in the world have in common, it's that they need to deliver fast results to millions of simultaneous users. The other thing they have in common is MySQL. The MySQL database server enables Web sites like Craigslist, Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Feedburner, Digg and thousands of others to scale out to meet ever-increasing volumes of users and transactions.
Marten Mickos joined MySQL AB as CEO in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a startup to the second largest open source company and the fastest-growing database vendor in the world. Prior to MySQL, Mickos held multi-national CEO and senior executive positions in his native Finland. He holds a masters of science in technical physics from Helsinki University of Technology.