Oracle and Sun Make Some News Today

Okay, this just can't wait. I'll update the blog when more precise details are available, but I just gotta comment on today's lovefest between Scott and Larry.

By now, you may have already read the early press commenting on what was said in today's joint Sun/Oracle town hall meeting at Oracle's conference center. For example, here is what The Register reported, CEO jokes and all. And here is what CNET News reported. Both stories seemed to agree with what I thought was the coolest announcement from today: that Sun will be OEMing Oracle's Enterprise Edition database product at zero license cost for customers, as long as the customer purchases a (discounted) one year support contract.

That's right, you read that right. For Sun's UltraSPARC IV systems (not the UltraSPARC T1 systems), the license fee is zero dollars. Just think of what this is going to do for customers who are comparing price-performance numbers of major benchmarks (such as Sun's recent SPECjAppServer 2004 benchmark result published with BEA running WebLogic 9 as the app server and Oracle 10g as the DB on US-IV+ systems).

But Wait, There's More!

There were other announcements as well. The most concrete of them were Oracle's announcement that they've renewed their Java license agreement for another ten years, and that Sun has chosen Oracle as Sun's ERP implementation (i.e., Sun chose Oracle over SAP to run its internal financials, including the ERP systems for Sun's recent StorageTek and SeeBeyond acquisitions).

There were other words said as well, about Oracle choosing Solaris 10 as its preferred 64-bit development and deployment environment, but there still needs to be some clarification about this before I can say more precisely what this means. Also, words were said about Oracle supporting NetBeans, but the overall message about what this means for Oracle's products working with NetBeans is not completely clear to me yet, either. Work still needs to be done.

But hey, that's why I come to work; these announcements today just made my job working with the Oracle alliance a whole lot more interesting, and there should be a lot of fun work to get done, and more revenue to go out and get for our companies.

It's one more step in the Sun comeback. This bodes well for us.

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