Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has remade the company via acquisitions. Oracle has acquired a bevy of companies such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA Systems and others to become a significant applications player. Meanwhile, Oracle remains the database leader and displays strength in middleware. Oracle's next frontier: Hardware. The acquisition of Sun Microsystems could position Oracle as "T.J. Watson's IBM" or be a big headache.
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At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco Monday, Oracle President Charles Phillips unveils the company's plans for virtualization and discusses the partnerships and software to make it happen.
On the next installment of The Green Enterprise, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das sees the eco-technologies being invented at Sun Microsystems, such as energy-efficient data centers, and the company's OpenWork program, which allows employees to work from anywhere at anytime. She also talks to Vice President of Eco-responsibility Dave Douglas about the company's green strategies and how they are realizing cost savings from eco-practices.
At the Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco, ZDNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber talks to Oracle AppsLab Director Paul Pedrazzi about a social-networking application his team built from the company's HR system. The Facebook-like application is now being used internally by 15 percent of Oracle employees.
John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president of systems, discusses the energy efficiency of its new blade servers. CEO Jonathan Schwartz says plastic is no longer used in the blades and frames. Both spoke at a Sun presentation Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
CNET News.com's Stephen Shankland talked Java with its co-creator James Gosling, Sun's chief technology Officer, vice president and fellow. At the Java One conference in San Francisco, Shankland asked how JavaFX's mobile functions will compete in the already crowded field.
At the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Robert Brewin, Sun's CTO ofsoftware, and NASA's Patrick Hogan show off a new open-sourcegeospatial browser that implements Java and incorporates NASA'svisualization technology. The new software also allows developers tocreate mashups.
ZDNet's David Berlind asks Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz about the company's JavaOne announcements. Schwartz also comments on competition from Adobe Systems and Microsoft, as well as on handling Wall Street heat. And he sounds off on whether there should be standards for benchmarking how green computers should be.