A story with an apparently broken embargo -- that moved us to revisit the science of media embargoes -- brought the news that Marten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL (which recently ended up in hands of Oracle as part of the Sun acquisition) became the CEO of open source cloud computing company Eucalyptus.

Background on Mickos

Marten Mickos was the CEO of MySQL for seven years and brought the company through the US$ 1 billion sale to Sun Microsystems in 1998.

At Sun, Mickos was involved in a brief debacle with Michael "Monty" Widenius, the original developer and co-founder of MySQL, who said that Mickos was focusing too much on speed of software releases rather than quality.

After leaving Sun’s database group in early 2009, he was involved in some VC activity, joined the board of directors at RightScale, which makes a cloud management platform, and was named an entrepreneur in residence at the venture capital firm Benchmark Capital last year.

One of Benchmark’s investments was in Eucalyptus, when Eucalyptus raised a US$ 5.5 million in the first round led by Benchmark.

Who is Eucalyptus

A Californian startup, Eucalyptus plays in the open source cloud computing arena. The company’s private cloud software is designed for organizations looking to establish their own private cloud computing environments.

Eucalyptus’ IaaS-style cloud computing platform works with Linux-based infrastructure and is compatible with Amazon's AWS. Eucalyptus also works with the majority of current Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS, SUSE, openSUSE, Debian and Fedora.

In addition, Eucalyptus can use virtualization technologies, including VMware, Xen and KVM to implement the cloud abstractions.

Mickos seems to be quite excited by the move:

Eucalyptus Systems has a brilliant team, highly sophisticated open source technology, and an early lead in a market with a massive global opportunity — all the ingredients for major impact. Private and hybrid cloud computing is the future of corporate IT, and for cloud computing to reach its potential, it will have to be built on open source software such as Eucalyptus.

Let’s see if his accomplishments at MySQL and Sun will bring Eucalyptus to the forefront of the hot cloud computing market and “deliver on the full promise of cloud computing”.