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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Photos: How Solarscope 'sees' the sun

Photos: How Solarscope 'sees' the sun

Developed by Light Tec Optical Instruments of Hyeres, France, the Solarscope is designed to allow safe viewing of sun spots and solar eclipses. The $89 "education version," shown here, has a screen big enough for several people to see at once.

July 20, 2006 by 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 by in Oracle

Oracle shows off new Exadata storage server

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison unveils a new storage server product, dubbed Exadata. The programmable storage server aims to put database intelligence next to each drive. The Exadata storage server will be immediately available on Linux running on Intel, but Ellison noted that other flavors for various platforms "are on the way."

September 24, 2008 by in Hardware

Oracle CEO launches 'world's fastest database machine'

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, HP CEO Mark Hurd joins Oracle CEO Larry Ellison via video conference to show a new hardware solution developed by the two tech companies. The HP Oracle Database Machine is pre-configured and certified to run Oracle's business intelligence apps and real application clusters. HP will provide hardware support and the machines will be ordered from Oracle.

September 24, 2008 by in Data Centers

Oracle unveils Beehive

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle President Charles Phillips and Chuck Rozwat, the company's executive vice president of product development, announced the release of Beehive. Beehive is an open, integrated communications system that includes instant messaging, video conferencing, and e-mail. They explained that collaboration is a snap when users have all their communications in one system and are still able to use any client or infrastructure.

September 22, 2008 by in Collaboration

Oracle announces Project Sequoia

At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle CIO Mark Sunday explains the techniques behind Project Sequoia, the company's new data center in Utah. By utilizing outside air, hot aisle containment, and independently controlled supercells, he says this will be its most efficient center yet.

August 6, 2008 by in Storage

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 by in Oracle

Sun CTO previews JavaFX-powered game

Sun Microsystems shows off a new JavaFX-powered game at its annual JavaOne Conference in San Francisco Tuesday. Sun CTO Robert Brewin talks to Ken Russell and Chris Oliver of the company's JavaFX team about how they created the animation inside the game Moon Tank using the JavaFX environment.

May 7, 2008 by in Mobility

Sun wants consumers to innovate

In an interview with CNET Editor in Chief Dan Farber, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz sheds some light on JavaFX, a rich Internet application environment, and Project Hyrdazine, a new cloud computing service in development.

May 7, 2008 by in Cloud

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 by in Oracle

JavaOne '08: Sun demos JavaFX platform

Here's a look at Sun Microsystems’ new JavaFX application, with Flickr and Twitter feeds running in Facebook within the browser, dragged to the desktop, and then put on a mobile phone. Sun Microsystems executives Rich Green and Nandini Ramani showed the JavaFX environment at the JavaOne Conference in San Francisco. The rich Internet application environment is part of Sun's effort to let consumers innovate, and is set to compete with Adobe's AIR and Microsoft's Silverlight.

May 6, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

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 by in Oracle

Sun CEO speaks out on corporate blogging

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz shares his views on the future of business blogging. The chief executive is credited for pioneering the corporate blog as a tool to reach customers, employees, and others, but he predicts the novelty of his methods will soon wear off.

April 25, 2008 by in CXO

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