After laying out its plans for its newly completed Sun acquisition to a worldwide audience via webcast, Oracle now intends to hold international tours explaining the integration of the companies to customers and partners.
After laying out plans for its newly completed Sun acquisition to a worldwide audience via webcast, Oracle now intends to hold international tours explaining the integration of the companies to customers and partners.
Oracle president Charles Phillips (Credit: Oracle)
The sessions, which will talk up Oracle's plans for integrated
software and hardware, will start down under in Canberra on 16 April, move to New Zealand, then return to Australia for Melbourne and Sydney on 28 and 30 April respectively.
An Oracle spokesperson could not say who from the global headquarters would make their way down to take part in the discussions.
Oracle announced the completion of its acquisition on 27 January, with CEO Larry Ellison and president Charles Phillips (who
has been in the news lately because of a jilted lover who allegedly paid for billboards to publicise their relationship) outlining the company's plans.
These plans included hiring 2000 employees, according to Ellison, although about half that number would be laid off as well. The Australian spokesperson declined to comment on what that meant for the headcount in this country.
Ellison also said that Oracle would start selling directly to certain customers, although which customers that would mean in its international business was unsure.
Phillips said that Oracle wanted to use its newly acquired hardware portfolio to recreate the "reliable environment" IBM
provided in the 1960's — when it sold hardware, software and services in packages — but as an open systems platform. With the Sun purchase, Oracle has now become a major competitor to IBM
in the hardware market.
Oracle wanted the enlarged portfolio to serve customers looking
for complete, integrated and engineered systems, following years of
having to build systems "in a very manual, labour-intensive
"You'd select a lot of components from different suppliers, we'd
deliver those components to you, then you'd hire a lot of
integrators to come in and hopefully get them to work together and
find some combination that seems to work," Phillips said,
describing that situation as "very unpredictable, very unreliable
[and with a] lack of security".
Phillips said "no other company" can offer storage, servers,
middleware, database, applications and management tools, as Oracle
now can thanks to the Sun merger.
Amongst its strategy announcements Oracle said it will "broaden
and accelerate" its Java investment and increase its commitment to
the development platform's community. The company said it will
spend more than Sun did on the Unix-based Solaris operating system,
adding that it remains "fully committed" to the Linux operating
Oracle also plans to spend more than Sun did on developing
MySQL, which it intends to add to its existing suite of database
The Oracle Enterprise Manager and Sun Ops Centre system
management products are to be combined, and Oracle will continue to
invest in Sun's StorageTek tape portfolio. Investment in the Sparc
and x86 architectures will continue.
The company said it plans to continue Sun's "desktop to
datacentre virtualisation strategy", and expects to continue Sun's
desktop virtualisation products, namely VDI, Secure Global Desktop,
Sun Ray and Virtualbox.
Oracle will also continue developing and supporting OpenOffice,
and will offer a commercial licence option for the productivity
suite. In addition, it will continue Sun's industry-specific
offerings for the communications, financial services, government,
education, energy, healthcare, life sciences, media and
entertainment, retail trade and transportation sectors.
The company said it "plans to continue evolving GlassFish
Enterprise Server, delivering it as the open source reference
implementation of the Java Enterprise Edition specifications", and
promised to continue offering NetBeans as a Java developer tool
alongside its existing JDeveloper and Enterprise Pack for Eclipse
Sun's Identity Management and SOA products are expected to be
integrated into the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family, Oracle