HP to support MySQL

Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that it will begin supporting open-source database MySQL via a MySQL program aimed at smaller business customers.

As part of the agreement, HP and its channel partners will resell subscriptions to the MySQL Network, a service and support package aimed at small- to medium-sized enterprises. HP will start selling services next month, with its channel partners following suit starting in June.

MySQL will train HP Services professionals so they can directly provide support.

This is the third such agreement HP has inked with an open-source software provider. HP has similar agreements with application server vendor, JBoss, recently purchased by MySQL, as well as with Tarzana and Symas Corporation, which provides an OpenLDAP directory technology.

Non-open-source software vendors that HP supports in this manner include Oracle and BEA Systems.

HP said it will incorporate MySQL into its new HP Open Source Middleware Stacks, offering 3 different ways to deploy open-source middleware on HP platforms.

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