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IT-Director: Progress spins off NuSphere to provide Open Source database

Jun 30, 2000, 13:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bellman)

"Progress Software has just created a new company, NuSphere, with the aim of promoting the use of the Open Source database. It is going to fund the activities of NuSphere to the tune of $2½ million to enable it to develop its product, NuSphere MySQL. It has reached agreement with the developers of MySQL to provide a Gnu Public License (GPL) for the product so that it can develop a strong position within the Open Source marketplace. ... The addition of a database capability is seen as the next logical step in the creation of an Open Source infrastructure."

"NuSphere will be developing the basic MySQL code to create a full function, commercially viable relational database. It will also provide commercial support, consulting, and training for customers deploying MySQL as part of their Web infrastructure."

"By giving its VARs the ability to implement Progress solutions on an Open Source platform it allows them to keep costs – hence prices – to a minimum. NuSphere takes this a step further by creating an organisation that is focussed entirely on the Open Source market and can use the experience and funding from Progress to come up with a strong applications platform for businesses."

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