The only bet Oracle had to make was that it could run the business profitably. Given Sun's bloated infrastructure and broad range of unprofitable products, I don't think it's that hard a task. Both Oracle and IBM have become adept at running legacy businesses for profit rather than growth.
I believe that Oracle's acquisition of Sun will result in increased investment in open source in general and MySQL in particular. I also believe the business will be in good hands under Edward Screven and Ken Jacobs, who was our longtime contact at Oracle managing the InnoDB storage engine. I expect MySQL's growth will accelerate inside of Oracle and will become an even greater competitor to Windows.
Personally, I've enjoyed my time with MySQL and Sun. It was a heckuva ride. I've never had as much fun as we did growing MySQL from a few million in revenue to more than $100 million, with a community that measures in tens of millions of users around the world. The one side effect of working for a high-growth startup is that it can be quite addictive.
So with the Oracle deal closing, it's time for me to move on to another new adventure. I'm going to take a few months off, work with a couple of startup companies and VCs, and figure out what the next right step is.
I'll also be giving up my participation in the Open Sources blog here at InfoWorld. You will still be able to find me on Twitter, and I'll occasionally post about technology and music on my other blogs. But now it's time to start something new.