As you probably have heard, Oracle bought Sun for $7.4 billion today. I'm no Larry Ellison fan, because frankly, I think he's a few cards short of a full deck but I think in the long run, this is good for Sun. Not all of Sun but a lot of it.
And Linux will get a boost out of it as the operating system of choice.
My Sun Predictions/Hopes:
1. MySQL and InnoDB Reunite - Ah, it's good to have these two back together again. Oracle bought InnoDB in 2005--much to my surprise and disappointment--but now with Oracle's purchase of Sun--they're home again. A good pair--trust me.
2. Java - Oracle can do a lot with Java. With JDBC, a Java application server like tomcat and Java Server Pages (jsp); Java is an excellent choice for enterprise-level applications with an Oracle or MySQL backend.
3. Solaris - Sorry Solaris, unless someone takes you off of Oracle's hands, you're dead meat.
4. Sparc Hardware Architecture - Again, sorry. Fossil. History. Gone.
5. Customers - OK, this is where it gets sticky. A lot of big companies use Sun's Solaris operating system and Sparc computers in their infrastructure. I believe Oracle will migrate these customers to their Unbreakable Linux distribution on commodity hardware.
6. Staff - There are some great people at Sun and they would fit nicely into Oracle. I hope Oracle is smart enough to keep them but unfortunately, I see the big brains starting their own high-tech companies and shunning both Sun and Oracle in their new incarnations.
So, what is Oracle really buying for $7.4 billion if all Sun really has to offer is MySQL (Purchased by Sun for $1 billion), Java and a few good people? Ummm, yeah--you figured it out--all the above plus the customer base. A lot, but not all, of Sun's customers are also Oracle's customers.
What if Oracle could create it's own hybrid operating system using the best bits of Solaris and Linux and integrating database technology into the operating system itself? Now you have something.
Combine the industry's best database products with the industry's best operating systems--using Java as a middle layer and what do you get?
A new kind of cloud.
Stable. Unbreakable. Solid. Secure. Recoverable. Scalable.
An Oracle Cloud.
Oh yeah, they should pay me for that one. Hey Larry, I'll take back most of what I said if you let me work on it. I'll need to have a contract, parachute, etc. but I'm negotiable.
What do you think Oracle is buying for $7.4 billion? Let me know what you think.