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4/20/2009
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Curt Monash
Curt Monash
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First Thoughts on Oracle Acquiring Sun

Wow... And during the week of the MySQL conference, too... Oracle is saying all the right things about being committed to all product lines and technologies. On the whole, this is believable... Oracle mentions OpenStorage prominently. Makes sense. Integrating DBMS with storage is Oracle's high-end DBMS future (e.g., Exadata)...

  • Wow.
  • And during the week of the MySQL conference, too.
  • In the must-read slide presentation, Oracle's says all the right things about being committed to all product lines and technologies. On the whole, this is believable.
  • Oracle says it's focusing Sun hardware sales on existing Oracle/Sun customers. Makes sense.
  • Oracle mentions OpenStorage prominently. Makes sense. Integrating DBMS with storage is Oracle's high-end DBMS future (e.g., Exadata).
  • HP can't be happy.
  • MySQL and InnoDB are reunited.
  • MySQL is apt to improve, much as it would have under IBM.
  • Even so, if you really believe in open source's freedom, it's time to look at PostgreSQL...
  • ...or EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus, although my recent dealings with EnterpriseDB underscore the importance of being VERY careful about counting your fingers after you shake hands with that company.
  • And I wouldn't be surprised if another shoe dropped soon on the EnterpriseDB front. (Please excuse the mixed metaphor.)
  • I used to laugh at how many different app servers Sun had acquired. Oracle acquired a number too. Together it's quite a pile of them.
  • Oracle says acquiring Java is a great big deal. I'm not sure I see why that would really be true.
Wow... And during the week of the MySQL conference, too... Oracle is saying all the right things about being committed to all product lines and technologies. On the whole, this is believable... Oracle mentions OpenStorage prominently. Makes sense. Integrating DBMS with storage is Oracle's high-end DBMS future (e.g., Exadata)...

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