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VNU Net: Progress to distribute open source database

Jun 29, 2000, 16:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Leung)

By Linda Leung, VNU Net

Progress Software has set up a unit called Nusphere to distribute the open source MySQL database.

Nusphere will operate as part of the database tools company and will sell support services for MySQL. The open source database is aimed at organisations building web infrastructures, but unlike transactions-based databases such as those from Oracle and IBM, MySQL provides back-end services to websites.

It enables sites to monitor traffic and users to personalise content, as well as helping to authenticate and authorise visitors. According to Progress, the database, which was developed by a team of programmers in Finland and Sweden, is used by 40 per cent of organisations that use the Linux operating system. These include Silicon Graphics, Yahoo and Linux.com.

Britton Johnston, vice president of development and marketing at Progress, said: "MySQL is focused on web infrastructures providing services through integration with Apache web server, Perl and PHP." Perl is a script programming language, and PHP a language to create dynamic web pages.

At the end of the summer, Nusphere will begin distributing MySQL through Progress' offices in the Netherlands, the US and Australia. The unit will initially be staffed by 12 people.

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