Oracle To Sun Users: Put Away The Red Pen
Oracle made a plea to Sun Microsystems’ UK customers to “put away their red pen” and trust Oracle will continue to support develop Sun’s products following approval of its $7.4 billion (£4.9bn) acquisition of the company.
The company promised to continue to develop Sun’s SPARC and x86 servers, as well as the Solaris operating system, tuning them to support Oracle better, while still keeping them “open” and competitive as “best of breed” general purpose systems. Other Sun products also got a promise of continued life, although there was little or no mention of the open source MySQL database.
The acquisition produced a “truly unique” combination of hardware and software, “from application to disk,” the UK country leader at Oracle David Callaghan told 500 Sun customers and partners in London. Britain is the first country in Europe where the much-delayed acquisition has been approved.
“This will change the way you look at your IT infrastructure,” said Dermot O’Kelly, vice president of systems for EMEA at Oracle - a new position which he said makes him Oracle’s “first ever SVP for hardware”.
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