Oracle To Purchase Sun Microsystems for $7.4b

Posted on in Categories MySQL, News, OpenOffice.Org, Solaris, Storage, UNIX last updated April 21, 2009

Look like combined company will give a tough time to both IBM and HP.

Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation announced yesterday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for a total of $7.4 billion or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt.

From the press release:

There are substantial long-term strategic customer advantages to Oracle owning two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris. Java is one of the computer industry’s best-known brands and most widely deployed technologies, and it is the most important software Oracle has ever acquired. Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle’s fastest growing business, is built on top of Sun’s Java language and software. Oracle can now ensure continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.

A few facts about Sun and Oracle

  1. Sun Microsystems founded in 1982
  2. HQ at Sanata Clara, California
  3. Employees – 33,556
  4. Revenue (year 08) – $13.9bn
  5. CEO – Jonathan Schwartz
  1. Oracle founded in 1977
  2. HQ at Sanata Clara, California
  3. Employees – 55,000
  4. Revenue (year 08) – $22.4bn
  5. CEO – Lawrence Ellison

Free software and Oracle

Now the million dollar question – what happens to MySQL and OpenOffice?

Now Oracle will offer a fully supported platform from database to hardware. They have re-branded RHEL clone. Solaris is the best platform to run Oracle and Sun’s hardware is rock solid. According to IDC 2008 report Solaris has still has the highest market share for Unix operating system. Market share for UNIX big irons:

=> IBM 37.2%
=> Sun 28.1%
=> HP 26.5 %

I hope new Oracle will keep Sun name for its hardware. See Sun’s legacy at forbes.com. Personally, I think MySQL will be safe in Oracle’s hand.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

3 comment

  1. MySQL is the question. Its rapid growth is a huge threat to Oracle. The IBM offer was so close to the Oracle offer. I think even without the premium the share holders would be better served by IBM.

    MySQL, OpenOffice and NetBeans user.

  2. I’m also worried about MySQL…….
    This is the DB which, most of us use and the best for small and medium businesses.
    What will Oracle do with this???????

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