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 business grows.
AlwaysOn 100: http://www.alwayson-network.com/comments.php?id=10939_0_1_0_...
AO100 use MySQL: http://www.theopenforce.com/2006/07/alwayson_confer.html
Joe Kraus: http://bnoopy.typepad.com/