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Sun-Oracle deal moves closer to fruition

It would have been great to go to Avnet Technology Solutions’ annual Sun confab last week, especially given what’s going on with Oracle’s $7.4 acquisition bid for Sun. 

According to  ITbusiness, Avnet’s Sun partners are as worried about Oracle’s plans for Sun hardware as the rest of the Sun partner ecosystem. An Oracle VP did the best he could early in the week to calm those fears but couldn’t say much because the U.S. Justice Department still hadn’t approved the acquisition. That happened on Thursday. Now European regulators, who also must approve the deal,  have until September 3 to either sign off on it or launch a deeper look into it. Oracle partners said the Europeans are particularly concerned about MySQL’s future under Oracle.

In the meantime, IBM and HP will keep pitching Sun customers hard. What’ s not so clear is if those customers are responding. Preliminary data from a SearchDataCenter.com survey show that among data center customers who name Sun as their primary server provider, 85% said an Oracle buyout will not affect their purchasing plans

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