EC shows ‘optimism’ over Sun Microsystems takeover bid

15 December 2009

Oracle‘s acquisition of database software provider Sun Microsystems (Sun) is likely to lead to a “satisfactory outcome”, the European Commission has announced (EC).

Concerns were originally voiced by the EC over the future competitiveness of Sun’s MySQL database if the acquisition was to go ahead.

However, following a number of “constructive” discussions, Oracle unveiled a series of promises to software users.

The company’s ten-point plan includes committing to increasing investment in MySQL research and development and establishing a customer advisory board.

Competition commissioner Neelie Kroes is now “optimistic” that the acquisition will not negatively impact the database market in Europe.

In a statement, the EC said: “[The] announcement by Oracle of a series of undertakings to customers, developers and users of MySQL is an important new element to be taken into account in the ongoing proceedings.

“In particular, Oracle's binding contractual undertakings to storage engine vendors regarding copyright non-assertion and the extension over a period of up to five years of the terms and conditions of existing commercial licenses are significant new facts.”

A final decision on the merger is due to be made by January 27th 2010.

By Jim Ottewill

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