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Sun's bought MySQL AB for a cool $1 billion. Why? Maybe Amazon's recently adding SimpleDB to AWS made Sun, which is also offering utility-based computing, a bit nervous. Some folks wonder if a billion is too much to pay for open-source software. I say they get the full attention of the core of the MySQL project, and once they figure out how to run distributed MySQL clusters on their version of EC2, they can rent (SaaS) what they can't sell.
This open-source thing is going to be big one of these days...
Related: Tim O'Reilly's recent Radar talk offered some cautionary notes about the whole cloud-based SaaS trend that are worth considering: