Sun-Oracle Deal Getting Probed by the EU

Oracle announced its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in the second half of April. Approved by shareholders in July and the Department of Justice in August, the EU was to be the last to sign off on the deal. However, the New York Times reports that the European Union's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, has said the deal could restrict competition in the already “highly concentrated” market for databases. Kroes today announced that the EU would be investigating the $7.4 billion deal.

Kroes said EU regulators must very carefully examine the effects on competition in Europe when "the world’s leading proprietary database company proposes to take over the world’s leading open-source database company,” and went on to say that the investigation would examine whether customers of the two technology giants “would not face reduced choice or higher prices as a result of this takeover.”

Do you think Oracle's acquisition of Sun represents some genuine antitrust concerns? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • geminireaper
    Im so sick of the EU and then sticking there nose in American company business. They are funding the EUs failing economy with US dollars from our companies. I say all our companies to pull out of the EU and laugh as it collapses in on itself.
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  • Anonymous
    I'm wary of the loss of openoffice and free jre and jdk software I rely on.
  • alikum
    Unless EU imposes a strict rule, we may see an end to the free MySQL.
  • Anonymous
    I hadn't thought about it before, but the EU has an excellent point. Sun has given quite a bit back to the open source community, I'm not sure what intentions Oracle has.