I have no special knowledge of what Oracle envisioned from acquiring Sun’s hardware business and customer base, but with this:
The deal had been backed by Sun shareholders in July and by the U.S. Justice Department in August, leaving EU consent as the last obstacle to its conclusion. Analysts had expected it to pass muster in Brussels with little fanfare.
But Neelie Kroes, the EU competition commissioner, announced instead that an in-depth investigation would be opened.
The hardware customers are twisting in the wind, and I bet HP and IBM are only too happy to offer those users a new, more stable home for their server needs.