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Jan 19, 2008, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark R. Hinkle)

"I am sure that the 451 report was a prompted by yesterday's acquisition of MySQL by Sun but what's of interest is not just the what and how much but the why. The obvious reasons are outlined in the brief.

  • "Expansion of a Solutions Portfolio--In Sun's case buying MySQL allows them to offer an end-to-end solution for app servers (App Server, DB, OS). This is the same thing Oracle's doing with Unbreakable Linux, the proprietary BEA, their own DB, and the the apps companies they have acquired over the last few years. They now can boast a very broad portfolio that ultimate capitalizes on their biggest asset, the Oracle database..."

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