DOJ gives blessing to Oracle-Sun, awaiting EC approval

DOJ gives blessing to Oracle-Sun, awaiting EC approval

Summary: Oracle said in a release today that the U.S. Department of Justice has given its blessing to Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.


Oracle said in a release today that the U.S. Department of Justice has given its blessing to Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The deal is still awaiting approval from the European Commission. Sun's shareholders approved the acquisition last month.

You'll recall that Oracle came out of left field to make a bid for Sun after talks between IBM and Sun broke down. The big headline at the time centered around Oracle becoming a hardware player - but as the dust settled, it became more apparent that the hardware side of the business could be short-lived after the acquisition.

During a conference call to discuss the acquisition, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that Java and Solaris are the keepers in the deal. “More Oracle databases run on the Solaris Sparc than any other system,” said Ellison, noting Linux was second. “We’ll engineer the Oracle database and Solaris operating system together. With Sun we can make all components of the IT stack integrated and work well.”

Regarding Java, Ellison said it wanted Sun so it could own the building blocks for its middleware.  Oracle’s middleware is built on Java and the applications giant said it will continue to invest in the software.

In a post at the time, Larry Dignan assessed the situation and noted how it would be easy for Oracle to shed the hardware business. Larry wrote: "Sun’s manufacturing is outsourced so there isn’t a lot of baggage—real estate, equipment and labor—to worry about. If Oracle decides to milk, then wind down the hardware business, it’s relatively easy. "

The European Commission is slated to make its decision on the deal in just a couple of weeks, though John Paczkowski points out on an All Things Digital blog earlier this month that the commission seems to have some concerns over the fate of MySQL.

Still, now that the DOJ has given its blessing and the EC's concerns are focused around MySQL, I wonder if it's OK to start prepping that obituary for the Sun hardware business?

Topics: Enterprise Software, Banking, Data Centers, Data Management, Hardware, Open Source, Operating Systems, Oracle, Software

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  • Yeah but...

    Sure wish they'd fire McNealy & Schwartz, then it would make it all

    Michael Murdock, CEO
  • Well I never liked Oracle anyway...

    ...good way for Oracle to shoot itself in the foot. :)

    Did you know that large snakes can misjudge prey and try to eat something too big? Then they literally burst and die.

    Here's to Oracle, the big snake...let's just hope Sun was a hair too big!
  • Sun, please NOOOOO!!! ...

    i am a huge fan of Sun, Solaris, and well all your IP.

    I always thought that it would have been much better for Sun to merge with the former Lucent Technologies... now Lucent-Alcatel.

    Oracle really lacks innovation, and well, companies that lack innovation normally kill the innovative companies they acquire -- why you may ask?

    Because, if a company is not already innovative...they really have no interest in being innovative... so buying an innovative company only leads to the innovative companies demise.

    It's a sad day in technology history I am afraid.

    Sun was really a victim of the federal government's give-away to Microsoft, especially by the DoD.

    Our federal government led by our technology saavy Dod decided to dumb-down the workforce, push the easy button, and create a microsoft defacto-standard for desktop applications, operating systems, and hardware vendors that swam in microsoft's wake.

    When a federal worker goes to their local store to purchase a computer, like a good public servant, will blindly stick with what he is "used to", so if you put an inferior cut of meat on his plate -- he's gonna eat it.

    Only after the economy takes a real nose-dive after real fraud on wall street does our government leadership look at more reliable and cheaper technology alternatives like -- Linux, OpenSolaris, and FreeBSD.

    I am afraid it's too late.

    I only wish the best to those at Sun who never gave up the ship, and may even choose to carry on Sun's legacy for quality technology and IP.

    Fair winds and following seas,

    • I'd say Sun's problems had more to do with Linux and not Microsoft.

      Linux is a very suitable replacement for Solaris in the entry, mid, and low upper end. Furthermore the gains in x86 performance outpaced that of SPARC for less money. At the low to mid size markets x86 typically outpeforms SPARC. Thus Sun's SPARC platforms were only competitive in the low volume, high margin upper end. Unfortunately this market size is too small to support a company the size of Sun.
      • you are talking current events...

        sun's slide started even back in the 90's... they started losing major ground...

        remember how microsoft tried to hack java into J++ or some crap like that...then J#

        sun equipment was quality, and software engineers didn't have to worry about little-endian issues either.. or even the dos high-memory crap...

        even companies like silicon graphics may have trouble in the future...

        think about it... if the fed govt didn't embrace microsoft like some love child...

        we wouldn't have half the security and information assurance issues we have today...

        think about how much lost revenue is expended on buggy microsoft products ...

        btw at a nato conference in 2001, i asked then ms' cto craig mundie if ms supported the sei's software capability maturity model stuff ... he said "what's that?".. then at a conference in dc... where all kinds of senior level managers were making excuses for producing inferior software intensive systems... one guy in the audience mentioned that microsoft alone accounts for thousands of code bugs ...not to mention those produced by the companies involved in the forum ...

        face it... microsoft became a defacto standard at the expense of sun and other good technology companies..

        when the justice department went after them in the late 90s..

        everyone went boohoohoo... it took the eu to show some balls and level the playing field.. keep things competitive...

        it's all about competition..

        just don't show favoritism when you are using taxpayer money -- and let the best company win.

  • RE: DOJ gives blessing to Oracle-Sun, awaiting EC approval

    The hardware business is on its way out anyway due to the revolution coming in end to end optical systems. The digital interface then is a downconversion from optical networks to digital ones for storage medium and reference, not live events. This is due to the ability of new US hardware to be manufactured in the US, the enablers of which belong to Femtobeam LLC, namely the optical displays, optical detection and frequency stabilizers. Storage medium is already beyond mechanical disk into solid state material flash and other hardware/software lattices. It is wise to phase out of Asian hardware dependency. Great things often come in small packages from individuals with ability, uniqueness and foresight. Ellison now has Sun, needs to dump the Moon and think about Earth and Sky. On Earth the brush needs to be used to sweep away a Promise foresaken to the wall of persons opposite of what they claim to be, while combing the Skies for re-routed lookup tables from the telco/cable networks and cell phone companies. The fiber is dark now but not for long. In the cloud is hidden Justice for all. Onward through the fog to establish AutoLaw!
  • RE: DOJ gives blessing to Oracle-Sun, awaiting EC approval

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