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Oracle reached an agreement this week to buy BEA Systems for about £4.3bn. The key question for end-users is how they will be affected. Will the acquisition see the two firms' middleware being merged into Oracle's Fusion offering? Or will Oracle keep the product lines separate?


For end-user companies, there is a lot riding on the answer.

The week also saw another big supplier deal, with Sun buying open-source database MySQL. The deal looks like being well-received in the MySQL community, promising more cash but a light touch from Sun.

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"Sun would be crazy to damage MySQL's business with the sort of negative focus you allege; rather, I expect to see new opportunities building on existing strengths. This is increasing the wattage, not extinguishing."

From: Simon Phipps, chief open source officer at Sun Microsystems, commenting on Glyn Moody's Open Enterprise blog

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