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MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million a month while he waits for the EC to finish its probe, a exercise that could take well into January. MySQL isn’t supposed to be why Larry shocked everybody and offered $7.4 billion for poor down-on-its-heels Sun back on April 20. Sticking it to IBM was probably something he relished and wi... (more)

Old Big Data Cozies Up with New Big Data

Teradata, once famous for massaging huge classical databases so Wal-Mart, say, could stock just so many navy blue whatevers, has teamed up with Hortonworks, the months-old Yahoo-spun off open source Apache Hadoop supporter, so they can push Hadoop-leveraging Big Data analytics together. The old-line Big Data house already has an alliance with Cloudera, the first-to-market Hadoop commercializer, and if Teradata customers are absolutely positive they want Cloudera's Hadoop distribution they can get it from Teradata. However, Teradata's new non-exclusive alliance with Hortonworks, w... (more)

Quick, Darl, Duck. Rotten Tomatoes at 12 O'Clock

SCO CEO Darl McBride claims that the discovery that IBM has turned over so far - the stuff that nobody outside the two companies has seen yet - is proving out SCO's contention that IBM played fast and loose with SCO code, which makes him wonder about the caliber of the smoking gun IBM's hiding in the discovery it's trying to keep from SCO. That being said, we assume he's taking his bodyguard with him to SCO Forum in Las Vegas next week. ... (more)

EMC Turns Spoiler; Outbids NetApp

EMC is proposing to outbid NetApp for Data Domain, the dedupe house that NetApp agreed to buy the week before last for $25 a share in cash and stock, a price valued at $1.5 billion. EMC is offering $30 a share, all cash, a total of $1.8 billion, more than it’s ever paid for anything. And it’s not waiting on ceremony it’s starting a tender offer. The NetApp-Data Domain alliance is the second time EMC has been surprised lately. David Donatelli, the president of its storage unit, where the bulk of ~$15 billion in revenues lives, surprised EMC when he up and resigned a few weeks a... (more)

Amazon Goes into the Hybrid Cloud Business

In an increasingly competitive market and wearing a target on its back, Amazon Web Services LLC, the company’s cloud arm, went into the hybrid cloud business Wednesday when it announced Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Still in limited beta and only in Amazon’s Eastern US Availability Zone, VPC is described as a secure and seamless bridge between a user’s existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud and suggests it can be used for disaster recovery as well as test & dev not to mention applications like, say, oh, e-mail and CRM without anybody being the wiser. AWS senior VP A... (more)