Which must say something about the popularity of MySQL in Web 2.0 businesses.
This week at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford
University, Stanford, California, 100 private companies are being
honoured for their technical innovation, customer adoption and market
potential. It is no coincidence that the majority of these "Hot 100"
start-ups are using the MySQL open source database to power their IT infrastructure, Web sites and products.
When Joe Kraus launched the Excite search service in the early days of
"Web 1.0", he estimated it cost around $3m to get the business
up-and-running – much of this was attributable to the technology needed
– eg hardware and software. Today, after founding JotSpot, Kraus
estimates a Web 2.0 company can start up with an investment of around
$100,000 (£50,000) – a reduction by a factor of 30! One reason? Open
source software like the LAMP software stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL,
PHP/Perl/Python) now provide Web 2.0 businesses with a robust, low-cost
platform to start trading – while providing built-in scalability as the
AO100 use MySQL: http://www.theopenforce.com/2006/07/alwayson_confer.html
Joe Kraus: http://bnoopy.typepad.com/