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Oracle-Sun Microsystems deal accounts for MySQL concerns

Oracle addressed concerns from the European Commission by promising that they wouldn't use MySQL to harm the European database market.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Dec. 14-18, 2009.

Oracle aims to appease MySQL concerns

In response to concerns from the European Commission (EC) over the Oracle-Sun Microsystems deal and Oracle's potential ownership of MySQL, Oracle has made a slew of promises.

Oracle has committed to keep making storage engine APIs available. It will also offer extensions of former commercial licenses that storage vendors have with Sun to include an agreement of the same terms and conditions. Other plans include increased spending on MySQL research and development and the creation of a MySQL customer and storage vendor advisory board.

The company's efforts to assure the EC seem to have paid off. On Tuesday the commission said it is "optimistic" that the Oracle-Sun Microsystems deal wouldn't harm the European database market, according to

Microsoft-Opalis acquisition sparks mixed response

Microsoft's pending acquisition of Opalis Software has evoked fervent reactions from IT pros using Opalis' data center automation software.

Users are concerned about possibly having to pay more money for Microsoft support. On the other end of the spectrum, one Opalis customer hopes that Microsoft will bundle Opalis' software with other products to make for a cheaper alternative.

Microsoft channel partners agree that Opalis' software will most likely be sold with Microsoft System Center, and most partners also believe the acquisition will lead to a greater opportunity for Microsoft in cloud computing services, according to

VMware reveals vCenter AppSpeed 1.2 for app performance

VMware has released vCenter AppSpeed 1.2 , an application performance analyzer that evaluates network traffic and finds the root of performance issues.

AppSpeed 1.2 offers a variety of new features, including a single user interface that can now help solutions providers manage different AppSpeed instances and edit the mapped application topology. System administrators can also exclude servers that don't need monitoring and use a new view to compare a single application or transaction latency between servers.

The AppSpeed technology comes from VMware's acquisition of B-hive Networks in May 2008, and version 1.0 was released in July 2009, according to

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