May 15, 2010

Sun’s Future under Oracle

Filed under: blogging,opinion — jonEbird @ 8:34 am

Nice insight into the transformation of Sun under Oracle’s helm. They talk about Exadata 2, the appliance which is using their newly acquired sparc hardware.

The machine costs more than $1 million, stands over 6 feet tall, is two feet wide and weighs a full ton. It is capable of storing vast quantities of data, allowing businesses to analyze information at lightening fast speeds or instantly process commercial transactions.

The part I don’t like about that statement is the fact that they’re trying to build both a data warehousing solution as well as a OLTP in the same machine. Sounds horribly inefficient. What I’ve taken from the article is that Larry seems to be a very savvy businessman but it’s interesting that they’ve failed in developing new software for a decade and their revenue increases came from acquisitions.

He plans on continuing to buy up more companies, in the hardware space, but once he’s done he’ll have to produce products and that is where I question their ability to deliver. It’s nice to see that he’s stopped the bleeding within Sun but now you’ve got a bruised and battered, over the hill player recovering from fractured ribs and a couple concussions available to you on the bench. It just seems like they’re taking Brett Favre and using him to coach rugby. I guess that could work?

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