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Other thoughts on Oracle

Other thoughts on Oracle

Posted Aug 17, 2010 22:45 UTC (Tue) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
In reply to: Other thoughts on Oracle by rfunk
Parent article: A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle

I may not have kept up on the news very well, but I do remember very well a news article after the acquisition was approved stating that the primary asset at Sun they wanted was Sparc so they could compete more effectively against IBM's full stack of software and hardware. Oracle's missing piece in enterprise sales was the ability to offer an integrated software and hardware stack. With Sun they not only gain Sparc and a Linux supported architecture, but they also gain Solaris which is competitive with AIX as a proprietary OS. It was stated in the article that they pursued the acquisition because IBM was able to steal some high profile enterprise clients from them using the fully integrated software and hardware offerings.

Could you point me to this statement that they went for Sun because of Java? As I stated I was always under the impression that Java and Mysql were just small bits compared to the hardware assets in the desire for the acquisition.


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Other thoughts on Oracle

Posted Aug 18, 2010 19:09 UTC (Wed) by davecb (subscriber, #1574) [Link]

There was widespread speculation that Oracle was buying Sun for Java, IMHO primarily from people who don't have more than 4 CPUs in anything they use.

--dave (I only own < 4 socket systems, but use 32 to 64-socket systems in my work as a capacity planner) c-b

Other thoughts on Oracle

Posted Aug 27, 2010 23:22 UTC (Fri) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

I may not have kept up on the news very well, but I do remember very well a news article after the acquisition was approved stating that the primary asset at Sun they wanted was Sparc so they could compete more effectively against IBM's full stack of software and hardware.

I don't doubt that Oracle wouldn't mind as tall a stack as they can deliver, but how desirable Sun's hardware was in such a stack for the likes of Oracle to actually pay for and own is open to question. Certainly, various reports in places like The Register claimed that no-one wanted to buy the hardware divisions of Sun in an acquisition, that Oracle already had a partnership with HP, and that Fujitsu was tipped to pick up the remainder of Sun after the software divisions had been retained by the highest bidder.

But really, all us outsiders have is the analysis, not the actual inside information about any particular company's strategy.


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