It's finally happened folks, with the EU handbrake now released Oracle and Sun are now one mighty rolling combo.

On the surface Oracle and Sun seemed quite different companies, however, both companies have collaborated with each other and worked on joint projects for many years.

Let's familiarise ourselves with an overview of each company, starting with the subject of this takeover, Sun.

Sun's traditional core product lines are computer servers and workstations based on its own SPARC processors (as well as Intel's Xeon and AMD's Opteron processors latterly). It is a multi-national vendor of computers, computer components, storage systems, computer software, and information technology services.

Sun also provides a suite of software products including the Solaris Operating System, developer tools, Web infrastructure software and identity management applications. Other product areas include the Network File System (NFS) protocol, MySQL database, OpenOffice, xVM virtualisation and the ubiquitous Java platform.

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Kevin Eagles is a principal IA CLAS consultant with the security and resilience practice of VEGA Consulting Services. For the past 18 months Kevin has been contracted to the BT Defence Fixed Telecommunications System (DFTS) programme as their evaluation manager and IT health check co-ordinator. BT DFTS is a £3 billion PFI deal with the MOD. Kevin also has his own research domain at www.sensornets.co.uk looking at wireless sensor networks and mobile computing. His work won an award for Best Innovative Technology at the WISTP conference in 2007.