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Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos sent a letter to the European Commission‘s top antitrust authority, urging her and her regulatory body to approve Oracle’s takeover of Sun Microsystems, which owns his former company.

Will it work?

Will Mickos’ appeal to speed along approval work? Opinion is mixed.

“It may have some sway, but by nature that governing body is super independent and they just seem like a group that does not like to be told what to do, no matter who it is. So that may some sway but I think [Oracle] may have to make some kind of concessions,” said Scott Testa, a professor of business administration at Cabrini College in Philadelphia.

The analysts agreed, however, that the deal will likely close quickly, something both Sun and Oracle want.

“I don’t see this going on for a long time,” Testa said. “I see Oracle making a few concessions but I don’t see this deal being stopped. And I don’t think the commission is going to labor this as long as some of these other investigations.”


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Quoted – EC delays Oracle acquisition of Sun – Internet News

While a tiny portion of Sun’s business comes under European Commission scrutiny, what becomes of Sun while it waits?

Now, the problem all stems from MySQL, an open source database worth about $300 million to Sun. For a giant like Oracle, that’s a small amount, but that’s what the EC is focused on in its investigation.

Scott Testa, professor of Business Administration at Cabrini College in Philadelphia, said that this kind of scrutiny really is not warranted.

“The acquisition of MySQL makes sense on the Oracle side because they’ve been losing some business to the open source market. So I can see where the EU says ‘hey, you’re acquiring a competitor that’s making in-roads to your space, we want to look more,’ but at the end of the day, it’s such a little part of the market it doesn’t make sense,” he told InternetNews.com.

Testa believes Oracle will keep MySQL. “Even though it’s a small piece of business, I think Oracle wants that MySQL business. They don’t want to have to sell it to someone. So it’s a weird thing. I guess I feel bad for Sun but that’s technological Darwinism. They stuck to Sparc and Solaris to the end of time. I feel bad but it is what it is,” he said.

Even though Sun hardware is taking the hits, Testa thinks the biggest value is, ironically enough, in Sun’s software assets. “Honestly, the most valuable assets at Sun are Java and MySQL, plus Solaris and some consulting stuff. But the hardware business? I don’t see a lot of value in that. The software stuff is where the value is,” he noted.


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