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Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to buy BEA for $8.5bn. Larry Ellison's Oracle will pay $19.375 for each BEA share - BEA shares were trading at $15.58 before the offer was made. The two have been courting for some time although Oracle walked away from a possible deal in October after saying it could not better its …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Lot's of smoke, no fire.

    So in Fusion we now have the _choice_ between Fusion and BEA middleware. That _really_ adds value.

    My 0.02EUR: Oracle is buying customers (again).

    2008, I would say this is not much of a long-term strategy..

  2. EJ
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    Good news for PeopleSoft customers

    This is good news for PeopleSoft customers, as most of us are using BEA products as part of our PeopleSoft implementations. While I would expect Oracle to eventually merge their offerings and BEA's together, in the short term it helps ensure that we won't be forced off of the tools we're accustomed to, but instead will be allowed to migrate over at a more leisurely pace to Oracle's app server.

  3. Steve Bennett

    Oas Replacement

    Surely this is Oracle listening to the industry and realising that OAS is no where near the standard of WLS.

    Standy for OWLS. Too-wit-too-wooo

  4. Michael P


    As a former Oracle DBA I have a lot of time for oracle database products. They really are quite good. Seriously. Before they nodded off and every man and his FOSS startup caught up, they were solid gold. Well gold plated maybe. Good gold plating, though.. Not gunna just rub off and make you look bad to your missus, THATS for sure!

    This relentless borg'ing of other companies, and their habit over the past few years of "fusing" products to create unholy chimera - unnecessarily bloated and a tailor made dependency hell to administer, just speaks of a company that has forgotten its core market (perhaps because it has dominated that market into bloody stalemate), forgotten its secondary markets, and is now firmly seated on the express "growth" train out of town spawning "new" market opportunities as it goes - to grow, briefly flourish, hideously mutate, collapse into an oozing mass of genetic chaos, and be bought up as a curio by some specialist startup as a shell for their genius'ly simple, but marketspace starved, alternative.

    Ahhh THERES the "."!

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