Ex-MySQL CEO Gets a New Gig at Cloud Startup Eucalyptus

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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 forseven years and brought the company through the US$ 1 billion sale toSun Microsystems in 1998.

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

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

Oneof Benchmark’s investments was in Eucalyptus, when Eucalyptus raised aUS$ 5.5 million in the first round led by Benchmark.

Who isEucalyptus

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

Learning Opportunities

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

Inaddition, Eucalyptus can use virtualization technologies, includingVMware, Xen and KVM to implement the cloud abstractions.

Mickosseems to be quite excited by the move:

Eucalyptus Systems has abrilliant team, highly sophisticated open source technology, and anearly lead in a market with a massive global opportunity — all theingredients for major impact. Private and hybrid cloud computing is thefuture 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’ssee if his accomplishments at MySQL and Sun will bring Eucalyptus tothe forefront of the hot cloud computing market and “deliver on the fullpromise of cloud computing”.

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