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Oracle to buy Sun; Cisco reveals info on data center servers

Headlines: Oracle to buy Sun; Cisco spills beans on data center servers. news in brief for April 20, 2009

Oracle to buy Sun

Oracle Corp. plans to buy Sun Microsystems, stepping in after IBM-Sun talks apparently fizzled.

The two companies -- once tight allies but more recently with a strained relationship as Oracle courted Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other hardware partners -- signed a letter of intent for Oracle to buy Sun shares at $9.50 per share in cash for a deal valued at about $7.4 billion. Including Sun's cash, the deal is worth about $5.6 billion net.

Cisco spills beans on data center servers

Cisco Systems will offer its promised unified computing systems in two flavors -- with and without memory extension technology. The UCS B200 M1 Blade Server is a half-width system that supports up to 12 DIMMs and up to 96 GB of memory. One chassis can accommodate up to eight units of blades, according to The B-250 M1 Extended Memory Blade Servers are full-width, two-socket systems that fit four to a chassis. It sports 48 DIMMs, but the memory extender technology enables the CPU to "see" four standard DDR3 DIMMs as just one, according to David Lawler of Cisco's Server Access Virtualization Group. This blade has up to 384 GB of memory.

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