Oracle buys Sun for software, which leaves questions marks about Sparc development
As many as 10,000 people could lose their jobs as the result of Oracle's $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a financial analyst predicted on Monday.
On the same day it appeared to have missed its chance to buy Sun Microsystems, IBM reported that revenue for the first quarter dropped 11 percent from a year earlier and had fallen short of analyst expectations.
Today's announcement that Oracle will buy Sun for $7.4 billion has surprised both analysts and industry observers
Oracle's $7.4 billion (£5.1bn) acquisition of Sun Microsystems will bring together the world's most valuable relational database with the most popular open source one - MySQL.
UPDATE Oracle buys Sun for $7.4bn
Oracle has announced plans to buy Sun Microsystems in a deal valued at $7.4 billion (£5.07 billion).
From our blogs:
Forrester view: R "Ray" Wang
Oracle now controls a significant major open source alternative and a nice piece of the high end computing business.
Forrester View: James Staten
The value of Sun’s Solaris installed base proved its worth once again this week as Oracle found it too tempting to pass up and pulled the trigger trumping IBM.
Open Enterprise: Glyn Moody
A look at who are likely to be the winners and losers in this very interesting fusion.
Oracle's planned acquisition of Sun Microsystems is raising questions among users on, well, just about every aspect of the deal.
If Oracle alienates its server partners and lets MySQL languish, Microsoft could be the beneficiary
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