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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AusCERT 2009: Photo gallery

AusCERT 2009: Photo gallery

Australia's largest annual security conference, AusCERT, is underway for another year, and continues the tradition of bringing security gurus, vendors and members of government under one roof.

May 19, 2009 by in Security

Photos: Open Office 3 new features

Photos: Open Office 3 new features

When the third major release of the office productivity suite made its appearance on Monday, the servers promptly crashed. Check out this gallery to see what's new.

October 14, 2008 by in Oracle

Photos: 2008

Photos: 2008

This year's conference, held at Melbourne University, was an all out Linux free-for-all. Highlights include images of the new XO Linux laptop and an interview with Linus Torvalds.

February 4, 2008 by in Open Source

Photos: Inside Project Blackbox

Photos: Inside Project Blackbox

Project Blackbox is the first virtualised datacentre to be stored in a shipping container, and according to its manufacturer, Sun Microsystems, it's fully portable -- providing you have the means to tow it.

December 20, 2007 by in Oracle

Oracle scrutinized by financial and industry analysts

A recent investor downgrade is shining the spot light on Oracle this week but is it really justified? How can the company overcome the concerns of both investors and customers? Watch ZDNet Irregular Enterprise editor Dennis Howlett as he explains what's happening, what it means, and what's next for the world's second largest software company.

March 19, 2012 in Oracle

As Sun acquisition closes, Oracle outlines new vision

Oracle President Charles Phillips unveils the company's new systems strategy in front of analysts at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif. Phillips says the company is looking to model itself after the 1960s IBM by working on building complete, integrated platforms, but developed with open system components.

January 28, 2010 in Oracle

Oracle changes tech landscape with Sun acquisition

Senior Editor Sam Diaz shares his thoughts on Oracle's recent $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems. He says Oracle is positioning itself to come in as a one-stop player, complete with business hardware and business software. The deal could also help spur other tech mergers to keep pace with the likes of Oracle.

April 22, 2009 in Oracle

Software licensing agreement strategies revealed

ZDNet senior editor Sam Diaz talks to Eliot Arlo Colon, president of Miro Consulting, discussing the ins and out of software licensing agreements with companies like Oracle. Colon shares his views on new Web 2.0 software and how businesses can get an edge in the negotiating process.

September 26, 2008 in Oracle

JavaOne '08: Inside enterprise 2.0

Oracle demos a new enterprise 2.0 application at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Oracle executives Thomas Kurian and Peter Moskowitz show how Java changes an order entry application into a collaborative Web 2.0 environment.

May 8, 2008 in Oracle

JavaOne '08: Sun brings back Java applets

Sun Microsystems demos new JavaFX powered applets at its annual JavaOne Conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Danny Coward and Ken Russell of Sun's Java SE team show how the new applets can be deployed within a Web browser or dragged over to the desktop.

May 7, 2008 in Oracle

Sun unveils JavaFX apps, Photo Flocker, Movie Cloud

Sun Microsystems demos two new JavaFX-powered applications, Photo Flocker and Movie Cloud, at its annual JavaOne Conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Rich Green, the company's executive vice president of software, shows attendees Photo Flocker, an app that allows users to search for photos by tags and display the photos in a montage. He also previews Movie Cloud, a 3D organization tool displaying dozens of HD videos at one time.

May 6, 2008 in Oracle

JavaOne '08: Neil Young chronicles music career

Legendary musician Neil Young shows off a new multimedia project spanning his music career. Joining Young onstage at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco to demo the project--which uses Java and Blu-ray technology--is Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz and Rich Green, Sun executive vice president of software.

May 6, 2008 in Oracle

Oracle CEO reassures customers over Siebel

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivered his first keynote since Oracle's move to buy Siebel. He tried to allay concerns that the planned takeover could eliminate Siebel on Demand and delay the release of Project Fusion, which will combine acquired products with Oracle's own applications.

September 21, 2005 in Oracle

Sun's latest approach to the grid

At the unveiling of the Sun Grid in Silicon Valley, Sun Microsystems COOJonathan Schwartz and CEO Scott McNealy present the idea of utilitycomputing as a commodity and respond to questions about dealing with thecompetition.

February 2, 2005 in Oracle

PeopleSoft today, 49ers tomorrow?

Following his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco,company CEO Larry Ellison answers questions about what's next in hisPeopleSoft buyout efforts--and if he has interest in purchasing SanFrancisco's football team.

December 8, 2004 in Oracle

Sun Fire X4275

Sun Fire X4275

Sun Microsystem's Sun Fire X4275 is an excellent all-rounder, although we'd love it if the noise could be cut down a little more.

July 1, 2009 by in Oracle 2.4.0 2.4.0 2.4.0 is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft's Office application suite. It is fantastic if you need basic office applications — such as a word processor or spreadsheet — at no cost. However, large organisations and power users may be disappointed by its lack of features and support.

August 4, 2008 by in Open Source



IBM's DB2 database adds several powerful new tools in version 9 including native XML support and DB2 Developer Workbench, and offers serious competition to Oracle and Microsoft.

August 31, 2006 by in IBM

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