Customers' contingency options
Whether the deal ultimately goes through or not, the ambiguity about the fate of Sun's products has left many to consider alternative support options. "I would expect the majority of Sun customers have contingency plans in place in the event the acquisition does fail," said O'Grady.
For customers, users of products such as MySQL have alternative choices for support such as Percona, O'Grady said. But users of products such as Sparc hardware will "have to wait and see where Sun ends up being." Some customers might move to another hardware platform while others would wait and see, he said.
Still, Mueller believes that if Oracle were to walk away from Sun, Sun's technologies would not end up unsupported or no longer developed, he said. "The brands and the technology are too strong to disappear," he said.
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