eBay Subsidiary Marktplaats.nl Grows its Business with Sun's MySQL Database

Disruptive New Unlimited Subscription Offering Allows Companies to
Monitor & Support All their MySQL Database Servers for One Low Price

AMSTERDAM -- July 16, 2008 -- Marktplaats.nl, the largest
E-commerce platform in The Netherlands, and part of eBay since 2004, is
growing its business on Sun Microsystems' MySQL Enterprise™ Unlimited
database subscription offering. To enable their fast growth, protect
site uptime, and contain IT expenses, the company is using a flexible
and scalable infrastructure based on open source technology such as
MySQL™ -– backed by Sun's 24x7 global database support team.

While the Marktplaats.nl founders had great ambitions for their
business when they started out in 1999, they were also very much
budget-constrained. They needed an infrastructure that offered the
potential to scale both technically and cost-effectively to support
future growth.

The MySQL Enterprise Solution

To meet the challenges of starting a flexible online service with a
low operational budget, Marktplaats.nl's founders selected the popular
open source LAMP software stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL,
PHP/Perl/Python). MySQL proved to be of great value to support the fast
growth of their web site, thanks to its superior reliability,
performance and ease of use. The team could, in a very short timeframe,
get new database servers up-and-running and upgrade and maintain
existing ones.

"Scalability is absolutely key for us," said Bas Anneveld, Site
Operations Manager for Marktplaats.nl. "MySQL is a perfect database for
fast-growing businesses that need to scale their infrastructure quickly
and cost-effectively to keep up with the demands."

While Markplaats.nl initially relied on the MySQL Community Edition
and on self-support from the MySQL community, it soon reached a level
where timely support at all times had to be guaranteed. It then
subscribed to the MySQL Enterprise Unlimited offering, allowing the
company to receive MySQL software updates, monitoring tools and
technical support for an unlimited number of database servers, for a
low annual cost.

"Sun's MySQL Enterprise Unlimited offering is designed to make it
simpler and more cost-effective for organizations to develop, deploy
and manage their critical MySQL database applications," said Richard
Mason, vice president of MySQL sales, EMEA, Sun Microsystems. "For the
same price of a single CPU of Oracle Enterprise Edition (EUR 32,000,
GBP 24,000, US $40,000), companies can deploy and automatically monitor
an unlimited number of MySQL Enterprise Servers -- with full 24x7
production support."

Visit www.mysql.com/unlimited for eligibility and details.

About Marktplaats.nl

Marktplaats.nl was founded in 1999 as one of the first Dutch
websites fully focusing on classified advertising at the time. Since
its inception, marktplaats.nl has grown to become the number one
website in its field in The Netherlands. Marktplaats.nl brings together
supply and demand in both second hand and new products. Every day more
than 240.000 new advertisements are placed on the site, which is used
by more than 6 million unique visitors per month. Product
advertisements vary from clothing and collector's items to cars and
home equipment. Markplaats.nl was acquired by eBay in 2004.

About Sun's MySQL Database

MySQL is the most popular open source database software in the
world. Many of the world's largest and fastest-growing organizations
use MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites,
critical business systems, and packaged software. At www.mysql.com,
Sun provides corporate users with commercial subscriptions and
services, and actively supports the large MySQL open source developer

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global
marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the
Computer"™ -- Sun drives network participation through shared
innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can
be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

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