Oracle May Spin MySQL to Win EU Okay for Sun Deal, Analyst Says

In order to win European Union regulatory approval for the pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems (JAVA), Oracle (ORCL) may need to spin-off or sell Sun’s MySQL open-source database business, according to analyst Trip Chowdhry, of Global Equities Research.

Chowdhry says the “MySQL community” is concerned about Oracle owning MySQL, asserting that users don’t believe Oracle has good intentions. What matters more, of course, is what the European regulators think, since they are the last obstacle to completion of the merger. And he thinks they will see Oracle owning MySQL as reducing competition in the corporate database market.

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