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The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), an independent community of more than 20,000 international database and technology professionals representing companies, government agencies and educational institutions, welcomes Oracle’s most recent portfolio, Sun Microsystems Inc., to its community. Sun Microsystems is a leading provider of servers, storage, SPARC processors, the Solaris operating system, Java and the MySQL database.

The acquisition means customers benefit from all Oracle components engineered to work together —hardware, operating system, database, middleware, and applications. Each layer of the stack is architected to improve performance, leverage innovation and centralize management so that system performance, reliability and security goes up, and system integration and management costs go down. IOUG brings user perspectives and leading practices to facilitate customers’ understanding of the portfolio addition.

“The IOUG is pleased to welcome all Sun customers to the user group community,” said Ian Abramson, IOUG president. “These new customers now have the opportunity to access the knowledge, resources and programs from organizations like IOUG, affiliated Regional User Groups, and the greater Oracle community.”

IOUG’s flagship annual event, COLLABORATE 10 – IOUG Forum, will take place April 18-22, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, and supports new Sun constituents through focused programming that addresses business- and product-specific issues. Sun-related content featured at COLLABORATE includes servers, storage, Java, the MySQL database, Exadata, Solaris and more. A sampling of Sun sessions include: Oracle Data Mining 11g: Overview, Demos, ExaData and Road Map; Yes, Production Databases Run In Virtualized Environments - Virtualization and the DBA; Is MySQL Ready For Prime Time, and What makes Exadata Fast? A full-day ‘Deep Dive’ training session on Sun Virtualization will also be offered on Sunday, April 18.

“This is one of the first educational venues to bring customers expert- and user-driven mindshare on Sun,” said Abramson. “It’s the first opportunity for Oracle database and technology professionals to join forces to learn about Sun’s role within Oracle, and where it can make the most business impact.”

About the Independent Oracle Users Group

Founded in 1993, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is a global membership organization that enables Oracle users to enhance productivity with education and networking, to better solve business issues with best practices and technology and to have a voice to Oracle Corporation on product technology directions. The IOUG represents the voice of Oracle technology and database professionals serving more than 20,000 database administrators, developers, architects, technical managers and other Oracle professionals throughout North America and worldwide. For more information, visit www.ioug.org or call (312) 245-1579.

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