The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2010

Oracle in early 2010 closed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems and celebrated by killing off much of Sun's hardware products and then combining its software and remaining server, storage, and thin client products into appliance-like solutions.

Oracle hopes that by tightly integrating its software and hardware into appliance-like offerings, it can increase its footprint in the data center by crowding out the hardware vendors, particularly HP. In fact, Oracle made it clear it no longer needs its 20-plus-year-relationship with HP by hiring that company’s ex-CEO Mark Hurd to be Oracle's new co-president days after his unceremonious departure from HP.

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