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As Oracle-Sun deal closes, Oracle takes Sun customers direct

In announcing the closure of the Oracle-Sun deal, Oracle said it plans to snatch Sun's 4,000 biggest customers away from partners.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Jan. 25-29, 2010.

Oracle-Sun deal leads to channel conflict

Oracle is taking 4,000 of Sun Microsystems' biggest customers direct, and Sun partners are none too pleased.

The Oracle-Sun deal has left Sun partners feeling uneasy since the two companies first announced the acquisition last year. And now that Oracle Corp. is offering services and support directly to Sun's biggest customers, the partners are finding themselves left out of prospective business deals, according to SearchITChannel.com.

Oracle Corp. also revealed plans to hire 2,000 salespeople and engineers to help push the newly acquired products and services that emerged from the Oracle-Sun deal.

Fedora 13 to include new KVM features

Red Hat's Fedora 13 release is scheduled for May. The newest version of the Linux operating system will offer new key Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) features.

For solutions providers, the new components should ease the Xen-to-KVM migration process and add to KVM's capabilities.

KVM stable PCI addresses will allow KVM guest virtual machine (VM) devices to keep their PCI address allocations as other devices are added or removed, according to virtualization.info. Fedora 13 will also offer VirtAppliances, which extends virtual appliance support in management tools, and a shared network interface.

VMware earnings beat expectations

After VMware Inc. easily surpassed Wall Street expectations by earning $608 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, it predicted revenues of $580 to $600 million for the first quarter of 2010.

News of VMware's earnings resulted in a stock price increase of more than 18%, or $7 per share, in after-hours trading, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com. VMware's $608 million easily surpassed forecasts of $553.7 million, but the company's overall profit for the fourth quarter dropped by 49% to $56.4 million, compared to last year's $111.5 million.

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