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Oracle, EC get closer on Sun deal; other news

Oracle bends -- a bit -- on MySQL; customers ready to spend on server, desktop virtualization.

IT channel news in brief, Dec. 15, 2009

Oracle bends -- a bit -- on MySQL

Oracle appears to be closing in on its Sun Microsystems prize. On Tuesday, the European Commission issued a statement indicating that Oracle had made concessions to ease antitrust concerns around Oracle ownership of MySQL. The EC is apparently now "optimistic" that such a deal would not pose a threat to the European database market, according to The New York Times.

According to the report, Oracle again promised not to discontinue or de-support the MySQL open source database now owned by Sun. Oracle launched its $7.4 billion bid for Sun last April.

Customers ready to spend on server, desktop virtualization

It looks like 2010 may be the year when desktop virtualization will come into its own Gartner expects IT spending to rise 3.3% next year and TheInfoPro predicts a boost in optimization projects.

Those findings bolster anecdotal accounts from the advisory board, which also indicate that desktop virtualization is finally going to see wider adoption.

One consulting partner told that server virtualization projects tend to pay for themselves by cutting operational costs and boosting efficiency.

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