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 19, 2006 by in Oracle

Dell and Sun partner on Solaris

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz and Dell CEO Michael Dell share the stage to announce that Sun's open-source operating system, Solaris, will be shipping on Dell servers.

November 14, 2007 by in Oracle

The Green Enterprise: Sun Microsystems

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.

October 5, 2007 by in Storage

Oracle launches internal social network

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.

September 10, 2007 by in Oracle

Sun says its blades are sharper

John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president of systems, made his case that the new generation of Sun blade servers can now truly outdo rack servers. He made his pitch Wednesday to analysts and reporters in Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2007 by in Oracle

Apple using Sun file system

During a presentation on Wednesday in Washington, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz said his company's open-source file system, ZFS, will be introduced into Mac OS X. Schwartz also showed off Sun's newest "Thumper" hybrid storage server system.

June 6, 2007 by in Hardware

Sun's JavaFX going mobile

CNET'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.

May 9, 2007 by in Mobility

Sun launches JavaFX

At the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, Rich Green, Sun's executive vice president of software, demos JavaFX Script, a new scripting language for writing applications on Java-equipped desktop PCs and mobile devices.

May 8, 2007 by in Hardware

Sun's Schwartz: Given trends in IT, Sun positioned to win

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.

May 8, 2007 by in Oracle

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