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It was announced this morning that Oracle will purchase Sun Microsystems for approximately $9.50 a share or 7.4 billion. This marks the end for one of the dot-com's fastest rising and falling stars. The company has been on the block for the last couple months and was earlier courted by IBM. That deal fell apart over reported reluctance on the part of IBM to fight for the acquisition if it were challenged by anti-trust litigation.

Some of the questions coming out of today's announcement are -
  • Is Oracle ready to digest another huge acquisition?
  • What is going to happen to the Open Source DB MySQL?
  • Will the Sun hardware find a home in the ExaData appliance
  • Does this mark a split in the Oracle HP partnership
  • What about Open Office will this give Oracle a new way to compete with Microsoft?
  • Where will JAVA fit into the scenario?
  • Does this make Oracle the most complete end to end BI/DW solution in the market?
I'd really like to hear your thoughts on these and any other issues I may have missed.

Posted April 20, 2009 7:21 AM
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Further to your earlier tweet, I have penned my thoughts on this area here: http://peterthomas.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/mergers-and-value/


Sun claimed to be the biggest Open Source company by virtue of spending $2b per year on R&D. What will this acquisition mean to Open Source?

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