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Oracle Magazine
March/April 2010


Oracle Finalizes Sun Deal

By Monica Mehta

Acquisition creates the industry’s only complete, integrated system.

Nine months in the making, Oracle has completed its acquisition of Sun.* With the addition of servers, storage, SPARC processors, the Solaris operating system, Java, and the MySQL database to its portfolio of database, middleware, and applications products, Oracle now has the capability to engineer and deliver a complete, integrated system from applications to disk.

Oracle plans to drive innovation across each layer of its stack by expanding investments in Sun’s best-in-class products. As the costs and complexities of managing and integrating their systems decrease, customers will experience increased flexibility and choice, says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. “By having all of the pieces of the stack, from silicon to applications, we’ll be able to deliver systems that cost less, run faster, and are more reliable and secure,” Ellison says.

Oracle’s open, standards-based portfolio—which now includes applications, middleware, database, operating system, virtual machine, servers, and storage—will provide customers with optimized hardware and middleware designed and built to run Oracle applications. Customers can have one integrated stack that is engineered, tested, certified, packaged, deployed, upgraded, managed, and supported together. This approach will help customers reduce the total cost of ownership, mitigate risk, and build a strong foundation for business growth, says Oracle President Charles Phillips.

“We want to improve and change the way people buy, run, and manage systems as complete systems, not just as a series of components,” Phillips says. 

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By focusing on the integrated system, Oracle will build the next generation of high-performance and scalable systems, says John Fowler, former executive vice president of systems at Sun and now executive vice president, hardware engineering, at Oracle. “You always knew Sun for performance, but the ability to go and actually integrate these technologies together with some of the application sets will give us application performance leadership,” he says.

Oracle’s acquisition of Sun was driven by its customers’ requirement to lower the cost and complexity of managing their datacenters.

“Our goal is to continue to build best-of-breed components, and to keep them the best in the world,” says Ellison. “In addition, we’re going to engineer them to work together to deliver better working systems. That’s going to provide a huge amount of value to our customers.”

*Local entity combinations worldwide will proceed in accordance with local laws. 

Monica Mehta is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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