Marten Mickos, former chief executive of open source database company MySQL, is moving to cloud computing startup Eucalyptus Systems, where he will serve as CEO.

Mickos built MySQL into what seemed like one of the open source world’s biggest successes, with a $1 billion acquisition by Sun Microsystems in 2008. But he left Sun last year, saying he was unhappy with the company’s bureaucracy. He then joined Benchmark Capital, which backed both MySQL and later Eucalyptus, as an entrepreneur in residence. Meanwhile, Sun was acquired by Oracle, which doesn’t bode well for MySQL.

And now Mickos has announced his next move. It seems like a good fit, since Eucalyptus is another open source company, and one in the hot cloud-computing sector. The company spun out of research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and helps businesses create private cloud computing infrastructure on their own hardware, then connect those private clouds to public platforms hosted by companies like Amazon.

Eucalyptus has raised a $5.5 million first round led by Benchmark.

Update: Mickos emailed me to make two comments:

  • I did NOT leave Sun because of bureaucracy and never said so.
  • I happen to believe MySQL will do very well inside Oracle.


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