January 19, 2011 08:00 ET

Former Oracle® MySQL® Customers Drive SkySQL Sales to Seven Figures in Its First Twelve Weeks

Record Sales Cement SkySQL's Status as Leading Alternative Source for Software, Services, and Support for the MySQL® Database

HELSINKI, FINLAND--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) -

  • Company grows its operations to 13 countries, including expansion of sales operations in the Americas and APAC regions
  • Customer base choosing SkySQL over Oracle MySQL® solutions
  • New partnerships accelerating entry into new markets

SkySQL Ab, the leading alternative source for software, services and support for the MySQL® database, today announced rapid success and growth in its first twelve weeks in operation, fueled by new customers, partnerships, and global expansion.

In this brief period, SkySQL, with employees in 13 countries, grew its global operations, expanded its sales force in the Americas and APAC regions, and increased its overall workforce. The company is now serving roughly 40 customers globally across various industries. Growth was particularly strong in Europe, where the company added customers such as internet-based financial information services provider, BörseGo; luxury goods manufacturer, Richemont; film/tv studio and distributor Canal+; and internet hosting provider, FHR, to its list of customers. This list includes a growing number of former Oracle MySQL customers that have made the switch to SkySQL.

"The reaction from customers and the market has been astounding," said Ulf Sandberg, CEO at SkySQL. "The wealth of experience of the former MySQL AB employees that make up our company, as well as our on-going commitment to the continued development of the MySQL database, has resonated with those who want to work with a truly customer-focused company. That fact, coupled with more familiar and affordable pricing options, is no doubt responsible for the explosive growth we have seen in our first weeks of operation. SkySQL's rapid success makes it possible for us to expand our services capabilities, as well as accelerate our entry into new markets. Most importantly, it makes the company a magnet for MySQL talent and best-of-breed technology partners -- further ensuring our ability to meet the demands of an ever-increasing roster of customers."

Since launch, SkySQL has also garnered attention from a growing list of MySQL ecosystem partners, including Monty Program AB, the developer of the MySQL branch, MariaDB; Webyog, a creator of monitoring tools for the MySQL database; Omnidata, a former Oracle MySQL training and distribution partner in North Africa; and Creo Systems, a sales and distribution partner in Korea.

"A start-up achieving so much within a short time span is truly remarkable," said Ralf Wahlsten, Chairman at and investor in SkySQL. "While some companies struggle to find their footing during the first few weeks in business, SkySQL has both thrived and exceeded expectations. Its rapid growth, with a sales figure in seven figures during its first quarter of operations, is the ultimate testament to the quality and expertise of the SkySQL team, which has established itself as credible and capable of delivering the best alternative source of services and support for the MySQL and MariaDB databases. With only twelve weeks to account for and so much accomplished, the future is bright for SkySQL."

SkySQL has recently started the development of new and innovative solutions to meet the growing demand for cloud services. "Our goal is to be the premiere database provider for the cloud space," said Ulf Sandberg.

Founded by a number of former MySQL AB executives, personnel, and investors, SkySQL began offering software, services and support for the MySQL database in October 2010. The company is committed to furthering the future development of MySQL database technologies, while delivering cost-effective database solutions and exceptional customer service. More than 95 percent of the company is comprised of former MySQL AB employees, allowing SkySQL to provide services and support by familiar, long-time MySQL experts.

SkySQL Ab is funded by a number of prominent investors, including lead investor OnCorps, as well as Open Ocean Capital, which was also an owner in MySQL AB.

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About SkySQL Ab
SkySQL Ab, the company behind the SkySQL™ Enterprise subscription, is the alternative source for software, services and support for the MySQL® database and related technologies. Founded by former executives, personnel, and investors of MySQL AB, SkySQL Ab is an open source software company committed to furthering the future development of MySQL database technologies, while delivering cost-effective database solutions and exceptional customer service. SkySQL Ab's customers include ATOS Worldline, BörseGo, Canal+,, FH3,, Nordic Growth Market (NGM), Richemont and Voltalis. SkySQL's worldwide headquarters is located in Helsinki, Finland. The company has operations in Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please call +1 425 390 0154, or visit, and follow conversations at

MySQL is a registered trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SkySQL is not affiliated with MySQL.

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