Today’s big news is – Oracle Agrees to Acquire Sun Microsystems for $9.50 a share or about $7.4 billion. Now thats the hard deal of it and too bad that IBM couldn’t make the good deal out of it.

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Now moving over, I read this interesting post from Om Malik which stopped me for sometime. Before that, read this updated post from him:

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I am surprised by the lack of any mention of open source or MySQL, two of current CEO Jonathan Schwartz’ biggest corporate mantras in the press release. MySQL is clearly a big prize for Oracle. Oracle’s products find no room in most of the new Web companies — most preferring either MySQL or other open source offerings. On the high end as well, Oracle has been competing with the MySQL Cluster offering. In addition several start-ups have started to develop a new kind of data-store ecosystem based on MySQL which is competitive with Oracle database offerings. In short, Oracle has taken out its #1 threat by buying Sun.

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Couple of interesting fillers in the post which comes out as quite definitive:

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1. Sun’s part of the deal is interesting enough, because this means a software company just bought a platform company (usually, this happens the other way around). Thanks Chris Brogan for pointing that out.

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2. Sun owned MySQL and my blog (I bet most of the websites/blogs) run MySQL as their database. Now after this move, what will happen to it?

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As Om Points out:

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The deal is very likely going to result in exits from the MySQL team and cause some sort of a disruption. If I am Oracle, I would be paying a lot more attention to the MySQL team. Why? Because they have developers — many of them focused on developing things for the cloud and web services. These developers are the best way to keep Microsoft at bay as well.

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So finally, the big question is – Once Oracle owns it, what will happen? Will it impact most of us in a significant way?

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I bet not but yes, in this rat race Oracle is the winner, not only to buy its fierce competitor but more so because now it owns the relational database management system (RDBMS) which has more than 11 million installations. The program already runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. Its popularity for use with web applications is closely tied to the popularity of PHP, which is often combined with MySQL. Several high-traffic web sites (including Flickr, Facebook, Wikipedia, Google (not for searching) etc use MySQL for its data storage and logging of user data. BTW, this site also runs MySQL as its database (DB).

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May be more on this later as the story develops. But one thing is sure that Oracle now has the same kind of hardware and software capability including providing large storage and computing clusters that makes IBM a fearsome player in the corporate arena.

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So its a must recommend that you should go ahead and read Om’s post and then make up your mind that what’s in store.

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