Oracle Open World 2009 - Day 1 Report

Sun Microsystems is the innovation sponsor of Oracle Open World 2009. And that's what was the theme of Scott McNealy's keynote on a "Sun"day. It's been a while that I've seen Scott on the keynote stage and it truly was an enjoyable experience. In his characteristic way, he gave top 10 reasons that "Engineers have gone wild" as:

10. Who needs thumb drive in the shape of sushi ?
9. "Noble prize" recently awards for gas mask bra - no more ridiculous than other noble prizes recently awarded
8. OS/2
7. Patent awarded for face mask with voice modification capability
6. I could do an entire top 10 of worlds strangest keyboards (strangest being iPhone, "Friends don't let friends type on iPhone")
5. Windows 7
4. Man uses SPARCstation for his ashses
3. New market in "family size' plots
2. Mainframe running Linux
1. Some one came up with this crazy idea for a 'Java Ring'

And then on a more serious note, and keeping with the keynote theme, top 10 innovations from Sun:

10. NFS/PC-NFS Technology (1983)
9. SPARC (1989)
8. Open Source Software (Berkeley Unix, "Red Hat of Berkeley Unix", #1 contributor to OSS community)
7. BSD + UNIX System 5 = Solaris
6. Java (Java card, EE/SE/ME, JavaFX)
5. E10K (64-way Solaris, no longer mainframe required)
4. ZFS/Open Storage/Flash (Exadata)
3. Project Blackbox, world's first modular datacenter
2. SunRay
1. Chip multithreading "CoolThreads"

And the biggest innovation from Sun:

Kicked Butt
Had Fun
Didn't CHeat
Loved our customers
Changed computing for ever

Scott explained why SPARC, Solaris, MySQL, Java are here to stay. "Kick Butt, Have Fun" is truly the spirit at Sun :-)

James Gosling, the father of Java, showed up on the stage to talk about Java's relevance for Oracle. Also showed "The Gospel of Java according to James" and the video is shown below:

John Fowler talked about several brand new Sun/Oracle world-record benchmarks. A key point from these benchmarks "Oracle and Sun were able to set the world record using 1/8th the hardware that IBM used for its largest benchmark". And we also announced F5100 Flash Array, the world's fastest solid-state flash array.

And here are some quotes from Larry Ellison's keynote appearance:

  • "SPARC is a fantastic technology"
  • "All Oracle software runs reliably and faster on Solaris, than ever before"
  • "MySQL competes in different market", "We are going to spend more, not less, on MySQL", "Increase our rate of contribution to that product"
  • "Not only invest in Sun technology, also in Sun business"
  • IBM: Slower, Costs More, Not Fault Tolerant, Not Very Green (from a slide)
  • 25% more throughput, (can do lot better), 16x better response time
  • "IBM's processor is called "POWER", we know why ?" (because it's consumes the entire power of your data center ;-)
  • "I'm not fair on IBM because they are not here to respond"
  • One mans' SUNset is another man's SUNrise, We think this is SUNrise time"

It totally reminded me of Scott McNealy's "dot-not" (as compared to .NET) and "c-flat" (for C#) quotes from JavaOne :-)

Check out related articles about Sun's presence at Open World:

Here are some pictures:

And the evolving album at:



If you are not able to attend in person, then you can follow OOW Blogs, Open World Live, @OpenWorld (twitter), Community tweets with #oow.

On a personal note, this is my first Open World and am totally amazed by the size of attendees, and it's only a Sunday. The entire Howard St is shutdown and tents are installed to accommodate the conference. All 3 Moscone halls (North, South, and West) are used. A scale down replica of Larry's "Rising Sun" is also displayed on Howard Street. And for the first time in 10 years, I'm getting only an Exhibitor badge at Moscone :-)

Also installed GlassFish, NetBeans/Eclipse demos on the booth machine and ready to wow the audience with Java EE 6 in the exhibitor hall for the next 3 days! And of course, I'm talking at the Unconference tomorrow at 11am on Creating Quick and Powerful Web applications with Oracle, GlassFish and NetBeans/Eclipse. Get ready to see lots and lots of demos!

Back tomorrow with more pictures :-)

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