Oracle on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems, although the deal is subject to certain conditions and still needs the blessing of European regulators.
Oracle first announced its bid in April and Sun shareholders approved the acquisition on July 16.
The combined company will give Oracle an array of new assets, including a stake in the computer hardware market, the open-source MySQL database and stewardship of the Java programming language.
Oracle will undoubtedly cut a large portion of lesser-performing sectors of the company. I'm afraid that this might be the death-knell for SPARC-based processors; including the Niagara and UltraSPARC T-2.
Sun certainly has it right with these processors; they boast very low power consumption and up to 64-way SMT on 8 cores per chip. Compare that to your 4-way SMT AMD64 Phenoms and the like.
I don't forsee [Open]Solaris going anywhere anytime soon. Solaris has long been the platform of choice for large Oracle installations, and I see the Solaris+Java combination as being the crown jewels to Oracle. Oracle has embraced open-source to a pretty fair degree thus far, so I see no reason that they would try to close OpenSolaris or anything similar.
I could honestly not care less what becomes of MySQL. It's been a sub-standard RDBMS from the very get-go. PostgreSQL serves just fine for single-database solutions; and I'd recommend Oracle RAC for clustered/multi-master replication scenarios.