LinkedIn Clicks with Sun & MySQL to Connect Over 25 Million Professionals Worldwide

SANTA CLARA, CA -- July 28, 2008 -- Sun Microsystems, announced that the largest professional networking site, LinkedInhas selected Sun's MySQL Enterprise database subscription to supportthe company's rapid growth. With a network of more than 25 millionprofessionals in more than 170 industries from around the globe andmany more joining daily, LinkedIn turned to Sun when it recognized theneed to increase the speed and performance of the open source databasethat powers its public Web site.

Allowing members to create profiles, connect with and be found byfriends, former colleagues, clients and partners, LinkedIn enablesindividuals to build out their networks with old and new contactsalike. Like many social networking sites, LinkedIn is experiencingsustained growth in popularity with membership numbers soaring and isseeing daily downloads of approximately 200 million. Wanting tomaintain the highest levels of service, LinkedIn worked closely withSun's MySQL professional services group to review its existing MySQLdeployment and propose a suitable solution to meet the company's growthneeds.

"LinkedIn has continued to see incredible growth among professionalsspanning all sectors looking to build and leverage their networks. As aleader in our field, we are committed to providing the best service toour users, and a web experience that meets members expectations andthat starts with IT," said Jean-Luc Vaillant, Chief Technology Officer,LinkedIn. "The combination of Sun and MySQL means quicker access to thelatest innovation in an open and reliable environment and this saves metime and money."

With much of its existing infrastructure based on Sun technologies,including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and Sun SPARC?Enterprise servers, LinkedIn leveraged its strong relationship with Sunto work closely with the MySQL team to develop a suitable plan forupgrading its database. Opting for a three year subscription to MySQLEnterprise in conjunction with Solaris Everywhere and MySQLprofessional services, the team had the software installed and upgradedwithin two weeks of signing the deal. Sun's MySQL open source databasenow provides LinkedIn with a reliable and scalable infrastructure,capable of coping with future growth demands, speeding up siteresponsiveness and eliminating current backlogs during user interaction.

"Helping LinkedIn to scale their Web systems demonstrates thestrength of combining the Sun and MySQL teams," said Zack Urlocker,vice-president of products, database group, Sun Microsystems. "Ourfocus is on delivering customers innovative solutions in astraight-forward, cost-effective way -- based on open source softwareand other high-performance, reliable platforms."

About LinkedIn

LinkedIn takes your professional network online, giving you accessto people, knowledge, jobs and opportunities like never before. Builtupon trusted connections and relationships, LinkedIn has establishedthe world's largest and most powerful professional network. Currently,more than 25 million professionals are on LinkedIn, includingexecutives from all five hundred of the Fortune 500 companies, as wellas a wide range of household names in technology, financial services,media, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, and numerous otherindustries. LinkedIn is backed by world-class investors includingSequoia Capital, Greylock, the European Founders Fund, and BessemerVenture Partners.

About Sun's MySQL Database

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

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the globalmarketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is theComputer"? -- Sun drives network participation through sharedinnovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun canbe found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

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