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Oracle Shows Off Sun

Oracle held a press conference longer than a Joe Biden diatribe this week to explain to the world just what it intends to do with Sun. I'm talking five solid hours of exec-speak.

Now, I'm usually not happy when a cool, independent company gets bought, but Oracle is probably the best buyer for Sun. Like Sun, Oracle is feisty and pushes more envelopes than my local post office.

The good news is that Oracle wants to maintain the Sun brand, but only for "some products." Most of the messaging revolved around integrating Sun into Oracle, thus reducing any hope for Sun independence. More good news is that Oracle remains committed to both Java and Solaris.

In classic Oracle style, the company used the acquisition of Sun to go right after Microsoft. In particular, Oracle wants to go after the Office franchise with a cloud version of OpenOffice. I've used OpenOffice briefly and talked to Redmond Report readers about it, and it's pretty solid software. The only beef is that it's too much like Microsoft Office!

I hate to see Sun go, but I'm interested to see what Oracle does with all this technology. Is Sun-Oracle good for our industry? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM