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Oracle/Sun deal casts shadows over hardware, MySQL

News Roundup: Oracle/Sun deal sparks worry over hardware, MySQL; VMware vSphere 4 details revealed; other systems channel news.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of April 20-24, 2009.

Oracle-Sun deal sparks worry over hardware, MySQL

News that Oracle will acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion brings up big questions about what will happen to MySQL, Sun's high-end hardware, open source database and storage lineup.

Oracle released a short statement on Monday mentioning Java and Solaris, but not Sparc (Sun's Scalable Processor Architecture) or hardware, according to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison cited Sun Solaris and Java as the key motivators for this move.

There is a lot of uncertainty around the deal, which is causing VARs to question where they stand in the Oracle-Sun equation.

VMware vSphere 4 details revealed

VMware provided a detailed list of features, pricing and packaging for vSphere 4 on Tuesday, along with introductory promotion plans for existing customers.

vSphere, the successor to VMware Virtual Infrastructure, is scheduled for release during this quarter, according to Major changes include a revamped ESX hypervisor, the use of Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Nehalem chips and support for VMsafe and vShield Zones.

Demand for IT skills down

The recession continues to take its toll as pay premiums for IT skills -- both certified and uncertified -- declined by an average of 0.5% for the first three months of 2009. Although 60 skills and certifications lost value, 46 increased in value, according to Foote Partners' IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index. David Foote, the company's co-founder, CEO and chief research officer, said this news should not have come as a surprise.

"Pay for skills is, by its nature and purpose, more dynamic than salaries," he said. "Employers use it tactically and strategically to attract and retain talent. … Premium pay for skills is even more important during tough economic times when fear and uncertainty about job security clouds the judgment of IT professionals."

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