2009 may be remembered as a year when one of the biggest players on the server front was gobbled up and a new, powerful entrant emerged. It’s a year when the cloud cast its shadow over the industry and when green ideas began resulting in real savings for companies. So what were the top data center stories of 2009? Here are the Data Center Exchange’s picks:

1. Oracle Looks To Buy Sun Microsystems. The deal is still being wrapped up, but 2009 may long be remembered as the year when Sun Microsystems, a fixture in data center operations, was acquired by database giant Oracle. Oracle agreed to buy – many will say rescue – Sun after negotiations with IBM broke down. The $7.4 billion deal was being held up by European Union anti-trust regulators over concerns about whether Oracle would continue to support the MySQL database. However, after Oracle made pledges in December to continue to support the open source database, the EU appeared to be leaning in favor of giving the purchase its approval.

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