SUN has been producing computing systems for over 2 decades - and they have merged with a large software business.
A SUN Perspective
Sun made an announcement on April 20, 2009
Sun and Oracle today announced a definitive agreement for Oracle to acquire Sun for $9.50 per share in cash. The Sun Board of Directors has unanimously approved the transaction. It is anticipated to close this summer.An Oracle Perspective
Oracle made an announcement on April 20, 2009
“The acquisition of Sun transforms the IT industry, combining best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. “Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system – applications to disk – where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves. Our customers benefit as their systems integration costs go down while system performance, reliability and security go up.”An Outside Perspective
What does all this mean to Oracle and SUN Customers?
In some ways, things will not change much.
- More Oracle databases are deployed under Solaris than any other single operating system, according to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. It seems like Solaris is here to stay.
- The largest number of Oracle databases are deployed under SPARC Solaris, it seems like SPARC is there to stay.
- Oracle has embedded Java Runtime into the Oracle Database, so it seems Java is there to stay.
- Oracle has acquired other databases in the past and continues to develop them, so it seems MySQL is there to stay.
- Oracle is very dependent upon external storage vendors for their database, so it seems Open Storage is here to stay.
- Oracle is very dependent upon tape backup for data retention, so it seems StorageTek is here to stay.
- Oracle was heavily driving the thin-client idea with SUN for years, so it seems SunRay is here to stay.
- Oracle has been over-pricing Oracle RDBMS pricing on SUN hardware, depressing SUN hardware sales, and giving business to IBM, who wants to migrate those customers to POWER & DB2.