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Oracle to keep on Sparc and Sun hardware development

Posted by fabriziogiudici on May 8, 2009 at 2:39 PM PDT

Oracle has started giving out some official information about its strategies with Sun. Larry Ellison just told us that Oracle is committed to keep on Sparc and Sun hardware development (cited by many, e.g. Reuters). So, we can start throwing in the basket the first half of wrong forecasts by "experts" that surely predicted the dismission of that compartment... Let's hope Oracle will give us some more news about the single software product strategies.

"We are definitely not going to exit the hardware business," Ellison said in an email interview with Reuters. "If a company designs both hardware and software, it can build much better systems than if they only design the software. That's why Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone is so much better than Microsoft (MSFT.O) phones."


Let's hope we will have soon more information about the other products. These news can still be interpreted in two opposite ways: one could think that Oracle will keep Sun with its whole "spirit", thus going on with most of the products; or one could think Oracle is mostly interested in Java and hardware, let's say "Java and lower levels", raising doubts on the upper levels (NetBeans, Glassfish, etc...).

I have always held hope following this acquisition that Larry Ellison would somehow not take the obvious route of slicing and dicing Sun to make a quick profit, but rather view Sun for its true potentials as an innovation powerhouse. I mean he's got all the money in the world already, so his focus should be right now, as he gets close to retirement on something grander. You know like pulling a Bill Gates on us. I would really like to all that talent that Sun has retained and beefed up, and all the great projects they are working on maintained, and pushed forward. It's a win win proposition, Oracle, and the community will reap more benefits from Sun acquisition this way in the long run. IBM on the other hand, with this piece of news, just saw their worst nightmare got even worse.

Hmmm...looks like Oracle is trying to rival IBM as a complete solutions provider, or the "Apple of the server world". Not only that, but Oracle seems to be smart enough to realize that most of Sun's profits come from hardware sales, even if the company was attempting to transition towards become a software/solutions company. Hopefully, Oracle will continue to maintain some of the cooler Sun open source projects, like Netbeans, OpenSolaris, VirtualBox and Glassfish, as well as OpenOffice.

Excellent news... and very likely, evidence that Rock is coming, because Larry wouldn't enter a sinking ship.