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Oracle issues stoic response to EC investigation

Simon Quicke

Oracle has made a muted response to the decision by the European Commission to launch an inquiry into its proposed merger with Sun Microsystems.

In a short statement the supplier noted that the decision had been made by the EC to investigate the deal but pointed out that the merger had been cleared by the US authorities.

"The US Department of Justice approved Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems without conditions and terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act on August 20, 2009," it said.

The EC had been expected by many to give the tie-up its blessing last week, but it moved instead to launch an investigation that has until January to determine whether or not the merger would be bad for competition.

"The commission has an obligation to ensure that customers would not face reduced choice or higher prices as a result of this takeover," EC competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said last week.

Preliminary investigations by the EC have raised concerns that Oracle databases and Sun's MySQL compete directly in many parts of the database market and that competition could be hindered if there was a change in the Sun open source offering.

This story originally appeared on MicroScope.co.uk


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