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Jan 21 2010   1:49PM GMT

EC to Oracle-Sun deal: It’s a go (finally)

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The European Commission finally gave the Oracle buyout of Sun Microsystems a thumb’s up.

Regulators had held up the purchase over worries that Oracle ownership of the popular (Sun-owned)  MySQL database would hurt competition. But, after investigating, the commission found “that although MySQL and Oracle compete in certain parts of the database market, they are not close competitors in others, such as the high-end segment.”

And, it found that PostgreSQL–another open-source database–is a credible alternative to MySQL.

Oracle got a jump on the news Wednesday night, blasting out an invitation to a Jan. 27 event at which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison will outline hardware and software futures.

According to the invitation:

 Only Oracle + Sun will be able to:

 

  • Offer a broad range of products, including servers, storage, networking, and software
  • Integrate all customer components—servers, operating system, storage, database, middleware, and applications—for unmatched performance, reliability, and security
  • Simplify IT management and reduce system deployment and integration costs
  • Continue to drive innovation in SPARC, Solaris, the Java platform, and many other technologies

 

 Now, Sun and Oracle VARs  and IT shops can sort out for real how the $7.4 billion buyout will affect their businesses.

 

Some Sun hardware VARs have been very concerned about Oracle ownership of Sun’s Sparc franchise and have shifted at least some resources to other hardware lines.  Oracle resellers are concerned that Sun hardware partners will enter the already tough market for selling Oracle software licenses and are not happy about that.

 

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