Just over five years ago, Oracle completed one of the tech industry’s boldest acquisitions with its purchase of Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. At the time, skeptics questioned whether the pairing of companies would work, given their unique corporate cultures and product lines.
But Oracle founder Larry Ellison saw huge potential in bringing together the technologies of Oracle and Sun to create integrated computer systems that were greater than the sum of their parts. In that, Ellison shared a design philosophy with his friend, the late Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple, based on the idea that highly integrated systems were superior to those cobbled together with non-optimized software and hardware. For Jobs, the manifestation of that integrated design philosophy was the Apple iPhone. For Ellison, it was Oracle engineered systems.