Oracle buying Sun

Oracle is buying Sun, the owner of Java, MySQL and Solaris.

Oracle is now the enterprise equivalent of Apple: a single vendor with a start-to-finish closed loop from the hardware to the OS to the applications.

Another way to look at it: they now own a top-to-bottom development stack like Microsoft’s:

  • OS (Solaris, and no, I don’t include their rip-off of Red Hat Linux)
  • Language (Java)
  • Databases (flat files, MySQL – oh, wait, yeah, Oracle too)
  • Lots of business applications
  • Enterprise licensing savvy

I’m no analyst by any means, but it would seem like a pretty interesting investment.  I couldn’t see why IBM would be that interested in Sun, but Oracle, that makes sense.

I did get one big chuckle out of the press release line that says, “Oracle is as committed as ever to Linux and other open platforms.”  I couldn’t help but think, “Exactly – you were never that committed to Linux other than as a revenue stream for support.”  I’m probably wrong, but I just found it funny.

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  • Hmm, now this is going to get interesting. One thing for sure — Oracle databases and Sun Solaris go together like peanut butter and jelly. I wonder what will happen to their virtualization efforts, since each has a Xen-based hypervisor that has yet to take off.

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  • Shane Fontenot
    April 20, 2009 8:15 am

    Yes, very interesting. My company use to have a lot of sun products but we no longer deal with them. I just see the two companies products get that much better now.

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