Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oracle puts on asbestos gloves and grabs the Sun

On Monday the 20th of April Oracle put on a flame retardant suit, some asbestos gloves and made sure a fire extinguisher was near by as it grabs hold of Sun. For you non-tech readers out their this is a big deal.

So the question becomes what does this mean for Sun's holdings? Many of which have become foundational to the we world. The two big ones being MySQL and JAVA. Now some analysts seem to think Oracle is buying into the server space. This has some merit as the cloud is starting to take off. Oracle may want some of that pie and Sun may just be the vehicle to do it.

Then again this is also a cheep with Sun's financial issues this became a buying opportunity to get JAVA which Oracle uses extensively. Many in the Open source world are wondering what this might do to them when Oracle takes control of MySQL?

MySQL was acquired by Sun back in 2008 for the nice some of $1 billion. However there was noted issues between some of the original MySQL founders and Sun leading to some like Monty to leave. Now MySQL will change hands yet again but not just any hands. With Oracle having it's own database it beggs the question as to what Oracle will plan to do with MySQL's business? For some time MySQL was nipping at Oracle to be a full fledged rival. MySQL already dominates the web space so this change leaves some very valid questions.

One other think I have yet to see anyone talk about is Open Office. Sun created Star Office and it's Open Source brother Open Office. Will Sun continue this development or just cut ties with Open Office? Then again they could put more backing behind it in the hopes of competing with Microsoft Office.

Either way this leads for a interesting time in tech.


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