Sun Microsystems Introduces MySQL Workbench

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the availability of MySQL(TM) Workbench, a new visual database design tool that integrates data modeling, physical database design, database creation, change management and documentation capabilities into a single, seamless environment for MySQL developers and DBAs.

MySQL Workbench is available for download in two versions: an open source Community Edition and a (US) $99 commercial Standard Edition. Both are available now for Microsoft Windows, with future cross-platform support for Linux and Macintosh OS X under development.

The announcement was made this morning at the sixth annual MySQL Conference and Expo. With nearly 2,000 attendees, it is the world's largest community event for open source database developers, users, DBAs, vendors and corporate IT managers.

"We are very happy to deliver a powerful open source database design tool for the MySQL ecosystem," said Michael G. Zinner, Sun's team lead for database developer tools and the original developer of the popular DBDesigner4 open source software project. "The two editions are designed to meet the needs of the do-it-yourself community developer, while providing a very affordable and compelling commercial product for the corporate database professional."

The MySQL Workbench Community Edition is freely available for download under the open source GPL license at This full-featured tool provides a base framework for data modeling and physical database design.

The MySQL Workbench Standard Edition is a commercial extension to the community edition that adds specialized plug-in modules that can boost productivity and save time. These include reverse- and forward-engineering capabilities, synchronization to and from live databases, HTML and text-based documentation, built-in validation of models and security management for modeled objects. At the MySQL Online Shop (, users can purchase a (US) $99 subscription for a perpetual single-seat license and software updates for a full year.

As a special introductory promotion, customers who purchase or renew MySQL Enterprise(TM) silver, gold and platinum level subscriptions by June 30, will receive a complimentary one-year subscription for MySQL Workbench Standard Edition*.

More information and a feature comparison chart is at Volume license discounts for multiple seats are also available for purchase.

MySQL Workbench Improves Productivity for Users

"MySQL Workbench SE has allowed our team to improve productivity and deliver products on time and within budget. The tool is very intuitive and we find our new staff can ramp up quickly. This tool has significantly reduced the task-time of our data modeling, leaving more time to concentrate on quality. It also helps eliminate defects early in our development phase."

Jamie Schultz, vice president of Operations

B Three Solutions, Inc.

"We've looked at many applications to manage database development, and MySQL Workbench is the best. It's an amazingly powerful database management front-end that's also easy to learn. I use it exclusively now for most data design tasks -- from advanced data modeling to general database administration. I recommend it."

Kevin Haas


"MySQL Workbench SE is a powerful visual design tool. I have tried other modeling tools, but the learning curve was too steep. With Workbench, I was up-and-running within minutes. From now on, MySQL Workbench will be an integral part of my development toolkit."

David Alsbury, CEO/President

Alsbury Media Group

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