Oracle appears to have just purchased Sun for $7.4 billion, looks like all that Sun gear will have rock solid support for Oracle DBs and stuff and a more stable capital base to honor warrenties etc.
Original Source: Slashdot | Oracle Buys Sun
Interesting acquisition! Should make for a different future for the company!
They already have several open source databases in their line-up. I'd see them targetting the database more myself. ie. Push high end customers to Oracle 11g and point those who are running smaller things to Mysql. Whatever happens, Mysql is an open source product, so if they mess it up, it can always be reborn.
To be serious though, I can't see mysql being canned, its a direct route to a lot of potential customers that would be silly to throw away.
I can see it being renamed. silly to can it, I can see more limits like MSSQL has.
Still, it'll just go like Redhat. Redhat and Centos. up2date\yum. New name, same thing.
Oh dear god. Do I really want a 7110 from a company owned by Oracle?
*flashbacks of "no you can't patch $gaping_security_hole, Oracle depends on that to work"*
Be rather stupid if they did. Can't image them dropping the hardware. They have a large enough customer base to keep them ticking over. They're still making Sparc based machines, which excel with Oracle, I would expect more Sparc machines in the future. They seems to be expanding in the Education sector, which i'm glad about.
The purchase is most likely to utilise the hardware and software portfolio to become a systems provider, and not simply a software or hardware seller. ie. they can provide a full system - hardware, OS, database software, management systems etc... in one go. One port of call, one support contract.
To be honest, their offerings would look to be more complete than even IBM's at the moment. If they do it right anyway.
does this mean battle lines are drawn ? oracle-on-solaris-on-sparc64 vs DB2-on-AIX-on-power ??
i wonder if some oracle customers running the db on ibm unix or hp unix hardware might be getting one or two 'incentives' to switch [or switch back] to sun hardware, can/will oracle remain neutral or will the mere fact of sun being oracle owned help to bump up their server and storage market share ?
Or did oracle buy sun primarily for the software stack ? as in their previous acquisitions. I agree this makes more sense than ibm buying sun, but just wondering what oracle will want to do with the servrs and storage part of the business. it's new territory for them i would have thought.
as for mysql, it's never really competed with oracle where it matters. But i'm sure oracle would like to chase the smb market where sql server seems to reign supreme.
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