Oracle has decided to buy Sun, and pending approval from Sun stockholders. Other than that, the deal seems to be set. How this is going to impact Oracle, Sun customers and the technology market in general needs to be seen. That does not mean that there is no room for speculation.
Java is a core technology when it comes to enterprise applications. Oracle has invested deeply in Java and is seen as a very active member of the Java community. A lot of Oracle’s applications rely on Java and it seems a wise move to have the language under its stewardship rather than have it go to a competitor.
Now that they have control over Java, I predict that there is going to be a strong push from Oracle to promote Java for all enterprise frameworks. This would mean that Java will have a strong focus from the leadership and should continue to grow.
Sun has historically focused on technology innovation and the result is the full stack of Web Services, JVM, JRE, JavaFX, J2EE, GlassFish and NetBeans. It remains to be seen how the triad of JDeveloper, Eclipse and NetBeans is going to unfold and how Oracle is going to balance all three.
Not sure what would happen to MySQL database. This is a free, open source database also available for Enterprises. Unlike Oracle, MySQL is targeted to wards small/medium scale applications and enterprises. This effectively provides Oracle a foot in the door in the SMB market as well as the open source movement. Oracle will be able to push its own DB to existing MySQL customers or it can continue to support MySQL and enhance it further to secure it in the SMB market.
If Oracle decides to kill off MySQL and promote Oracle in its stead, the existing customers may resent that and choose to move to a different DB platform altogether. They might win new customers but they may also lose the one’s they already have.
On the flip-side if they continue to provide the free DB, they would definitely retain the existing customer base. If they beef up MySQL in the coming years, it could definitely become a robust and standard platform in the SMB market which will provide Oracle to push its various enterprise applications to the same customers.
It doesn’t get any better for Oracle because it can finally let go of its Redhat based Oracle Enterprise Linux. With ownership of Solaris I have a strong feeling that we’re going to see a lot of Sun hardware and Solaris support from Oracle.
The Big Picture
Oracle wins a strong hardware platform, a very robust and stable operating system and of course the cornerstone of almost all major enterprise applications – Java.
Microsoft acquired Datallegro a company that provides Data Warehouse appliance – an off-the-shelf solution complete with hardware and software and ready to plug into your corporate IT infrastructure. This is a very niche market and as costs of deployment, installation and configuration soar it is going to become even more important to have easier and quicker deployments. Oracle can market pre-installed and preconfigured Sun servers based on the Solaris OS and loaded with the Oracle enterprise application of choice. The harder part would be to provide generic connectors and interfaces in order to interface with other enterprise applications. This is where SOA comes in and this is another aspect that Oracle has been working on for a long time and provides a robust SOA architecture.
In short, keep your eyes peeled for a SOA ready Oracle Enterprise Application machine (a Sun server) based on the Solaris OS ready to plug into your existing infrastructure.
This will bring a huge benefit to all Oracle business partners worldwide, since their time to deploy, configure and deliver an implementation will be greatly reduced. This will mean a less resource intensive effort and obviously a lower cost. This will obviously translate into cheaper implementations and bring Oracle a competitive advantage that will be hard to beat by other vendors.