UPDATE 2-Oracle plans to hire 2,000 workers – WSJ

* Oracle says new hires to outnumber job cuts-WSJ

* Sees announcing 2 new computer systems in next yr-WSJ
(Adds additional details from NYT in paragraph 3)

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (BestGrowthStock) – Software maker Oracle Corp
(ORCL.O: ), which is near to closing its $7 billion acquisition
of computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc (JAVA.O: ), plans to hire
2,000 sales and engineering employees, the Wall Street Journal
reported on Tuesday.

The new hires will outnumber the cuts Oracle is making in
Sun’s head count, the Journal said, citing an interview with
Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison.

Separately, in an interview with the New York Times,
Ellison said he expected Sun’s chief executive, Jonathan
Schwartz, to resign and hoped that Scott McNealy, Sun’s
co-founder and chairman, would stay on at Oracle, although his
title and duties were not clear.

Oracle plans to focus on selling computer systems that
combine hardware and software, the Journal said, with Ellison
saying that the company will announce two such systems in the
next year.

The paper said Ellison declined to provide details, except
to say he expected systems that combine hardware and software
to become a multibillion-dollar market.

A spokeswoman for Oracle, which plans to unveil its
strategy for Sun publicly on Wednesday, was not immediately
available for comment.

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(Reporting by Shailesh Kuber in Bangalore and Martinne Geller
in New York; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

UPDATE 2-Oracle plans to hire 2,000 workers – WSJ