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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Sun's 'portable' Blackbox data center

Sun Microsystems' CEO Jonathan Schwartz showed off the company's new "Project Blackbox" in a Menlo Park, Calif., parking lot Tuesday. Sun says the gear is not only preassembled, but it's tough and arrives ready to run.

October 17, 2006


Research and current computing

Sun's Chairman Scott McNealy was back at Stanford where his company began. With him was Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Chief Archietc of Systems. The June 20 event was the opening of a digitally enhanced earth science lab.

June 27, 2006


McNealy's Letterman-style list

Scott McNealy took the stage on the last day of JavaOne to highlight Sun's mission to eliminate the digital divide--and joke about not being CEO. He said that Java, thin clients and Web services are the answer. McNealy says he plans to talk to governments around the world and sell a lot of Sun products and infrastructure services.

May 19, 2006


Sun set to offer Java to open-source community

At JavaOne in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartzand Rich Green, the company's new executive vice president of software,officially announced that Java will become open source. Green encouragedthe Java community to participate in the process.

May 16, 2006


McNealy's wisecracks at Microsoft

As chief executive of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy often made Microsoft the butt of his keynote jokes. We take a look at some of his past gibes, as well as the 2004 truce with its archrival.

May 4, 2006 by Staff Writer


The Sun also sets

Sun Microsystems was once the hottest hardware maker in Silicon Valley. Then the dot-com bubble burst and it's been a slow but steady decline. How will Sun look different under Jonathan Schwartz's leadership than it has under Scott McNealy? Charlie Cooper, Michael Kanellos, Stephen Shankland and Jim Kerstetter chew that one over in this week's CNET Reporters' Roundtable, recorded in San Francisco on April 27, 2006.

April 28, 2006


Sun touts 'Participation Age'

Speaking at a San Francisco conference on Wednesday, Sun CEO Scott McNealy described today as the "Participation Age" in technology, saying Sun's open-source approach fits with that direction.

February 3, 2006


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