Wednesday Apr 22, 2009

7 things Oracle will love about Sun

Important note

This blog is my opinion only (actually just random musings) and does not represent official Sun policy.  I have no inside knowledge of Oracle or Sun's intentions or plans for the upcoming acquisition of Sun by Oracle

There are a whole host of reasons that Oracle bought Sun, some of which have already been clearly stated by Oracle management. They include Java, MySQL, Sparc, Servers, Storage and Solaris. Listen to the webcast to hear it from Larry Ellison, Safra Catz as well as other Oracle and Sun leaders.  Also, please review the FAQ regarding the acquistion.

I think that there are some specific things that Oracle will love to gain in this acquisition.


As the second largest software company in the world, there is at least one thing that Oracle has NOT had yet that their primary competitor has and that is an office automation suite used by students, grandmas,  and enterprises worldwide.  The ability to have your name in front of millions of users is a powerful tool particularly when they can download it for free and run it on Windows, MacOS, Linux distros and Solaris.  I think we know that Larry is not a great friend of Microsoft and this will give him one more thing to poke in their eye.

xVM VirtualBox

This free and powerful virtualization tool provides an ideal platform to allow customers to test, develop and deploy Oracle software solutions on a variety of platforms in the comfort of a user's own laptop.  Its upcoming ability to upload a virtual machine to the "cloud" will provide a low cost way for Oracle to accelerate adoption of their hosted application services.


The upcoming land grab for rich internet applications (RIAs) will be a fierce competition between Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle with Sun's JavaFX.  JavaFX provides an advanced tool with proven security and programming model to deploy RIAs on billions of devices over the network.  Its open source status will ensure a broad developer acceptance and diverse contributions from industry, academia and government.  In the fight for "eyeballs" JavaFX will provide Oracle with a significant competitive advantage in function as well as wide device support.

Sun Federal

Sun Federal has a broad reach and it an important strategic part of Sun Microsystems.  Our staff works closely with DoD, Intelligence and Civilian agencies to deploy mission critical applications using a complete systems approach of servers, storage, software and services.  With the anticipated new requirements for government IT efficiencies, Sun Federal will be a real asset to Oracle.


This free, open source application server is fast and easy to download and get started.  I can provide a low (no) cost way for new businesses to get started in enterprise datacenters, college dorm rooms or Amazon EC2 appliances.  Owning Glassfish will give Oracle access to a whole class of customer that normally might not consider their enterprise software.

The Sun Modular Datacenter

What better way to deliver a soup to nuts enterprise application service in a can?  Enough said!

Sun Ray thin clients

As far back as 1996, Larry Ellison has been talking about a low cost, network computer that draws services from a virtualized desktop environment. Sun introduced the Sun Ray ultra-thin client in 1999, and I can personally vouch for the fact that some of those early revision network appliances are still working on desks in our Sun Federal headquarters in McLean, VA.  The savings in energy, noise, real estate and refresh costs certainly must have helped Sun's bottom line along the way.  We have deployed many tens of thounsands Sun Rays in commercial industry and government over the years.  I feel certain that Oracle will expand the usefulness and applicability of the Sun Ray.

I have only touched the surface of advanced research, development, services and products from which Oracle will benefit.  Both Sun and Oracle have always believed that the customer wants true innovation from their IT vendors.  This is what Sun strives for at all times.

I leave you with a quote from a developer I met at the DISA customer conference this week.

"I love Java.  I wrote my thesis on Java.  I think this merger of Oracle and Sun is a match made in heaven."

What do you think?  Please offer your comments!


Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).


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