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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Oracle OpenWorld 2012: A photographic experience

Oracle OpenWorld 2012: A photographic experience

A compendium of photos from Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Unseasonably warm weather, meetings with Oracle executives and customers, and a variety of activities made this year's OpenWorld fun and interesting. Although there was some controversy among analysts and bloggers, the photos show a rich and diverse event.

October 8, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

Google Cloud Platform becomes more enterprise friendly

The biggest takeaway from the Google Cloud Next conference is that the company is packaging its services up in ways that'll be more appealing to enterprises. The big trick for Google though will be adding enough account managers to service big businesses. Read more:

April 10, 2019 by

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

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

Interview: Oracle ANZ MD, Ian White

We get the goss from Oracle Australia and New Zealand chieftain Ian White on the sidelines of the technology giant's gargantuan OpenWorld confab in the United States last week.

October 19, 2009

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

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

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 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



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

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