Oracle Buys Sun

Well I had been advocating this for some time, but it looks like the deal has been done.

I started my career as a Solaris System Administrator and I cut my dba teeth working with Oracle running on Solaris. I am a big fan of Sun and love the design of (most) of their servers.

Will Oracle keep the hardware business going? Or will they flog it off as soon as possible? Will the exadata hardware move in-house?

Oracle plans to deliver these benefits by offering a broad range of products, including servers and storage, with all the integrated pieces: hardware operating system, database, middleware and applications.

Looks like Oracle may after all be really entering the hardware business!

As everyone will say Sun has some outstanding software, JAVA of course, but a lot of the stuff in Solaris is outstanding, ZFS in particular really, really rocks, DTrace being another. The mind very much boggles about mysql – a kind of starter Oracle database now?

However if you read the Charles Phillips letter one thing does stand out for me as being a little bit on the side of an exaggeration:

The Sun Solaris operating system is the leading platform for the Oracle database

Hmm, I’m not sure the release cycles would really indicate that.

It is going to absolutely fascinating seeing what products survive, which products get binned and which products get flogged off to the highest bidder.

One thing is for certain, job losses are surely inevitable.


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