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Oracle Bags Sun For $7.4 Billion

You got to hand it to Oracle, they have managed to do what IBM failed merely two weeks ago: Oracle has bought Sun for $7.4 billion. That’s just under six percent more than what IBM offered in the now collapsed talk.

This deal is definitely an industry-defining event as mentioned in the linked BusinessWeek article. The massive potential of the combined IT giants will be a force to be reckoned with.

Nevertheless, I still worry for the future of MySQL; the popular open source database platform Sun acquired in 2008. It now has to compete internally with Oracle’s own database engine which drives a significant bulk of its revenue. My fear is that instead of building on the MySQL technology, Oracle may just choose to let it dwindle into obscurity. To add to worries, Oracle already has its own open source database platform in the form of Berkeley DB.

The silver lining is that MySQL is just too big to be ignored. It is without a doubt, the most widely deployed database engine in the world. Its significance in the web hosting industry cannot be overstated. So eventhough I worry about MySQL’s future within the Oracle camp, I’m sure that basic economics and the wonderful way in which open source works will, in the end, prevail.

Congrats to Oracle; you’ve definitely got a potential winner in your hands now. Let’s see what you do with it 🙂

IBM To Buy Sun For $7 Billion? NOT!

Just found this interesting business news in NYT: IBM Will Reportedly Buy Sun For $7 Billion.

The deal, if it goes through will undeniably make IBM the powerhouse in the server arena. It will also undeniably cause major headaches in streamlining the two companies’ most identifiable products.

Both IBM and Sun have server grade processors in their stables; namely PowerPC and SPARC.

Similarly in the database arena, IBM has DB2 while Sun acquired MySQL just last year.

Of course both companies offer their own flavour of UNIX in the form of Solaris (by Sun) and AIX (IBM).

It will be very interesting to see how the converging process will be rolled out 🙂

Update: Apparently the deal now is as dead as a doornail.