Dear Oracle,

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post titled Dear IBM , I was too late .. I was on holliday last week when people started sending me text messages , such as .. "Game Over MySQL , Long live Ingress" or "No Eclipse for IBM", etc ...

I had ideas regarding the future of certain Sun products at IBM, now the game has changed .. it'ss how they will live on at Oracle :)

Similar Questions arise .. like indeed the future of MySQL, the future of Solaris etc ...

So regarding the future of MySQL , I don't worry at all, on the contrary ..
Oracle tried buying mysql before they already have Innodb .. they didn't kill it .. the MySQL offering is complementary to the Oracle offering, now they can tackle both markets.
And as already mentionned when writing my IBM letter ..

As for MySQL, Jeremey has some good insights.. the fact that different prominent MySQL folks have left Sun will only push the MySQL development model towards more openness.
And towards an even more Redder RedHat alike model, we already have the first CentOS alike rebuilds of MySQL , so a distribution model based on the same kernel with different feature sets or focus indeed might be the future.

Further there's what Monty Said ... hang on ... nobody mentions the fact that some core PostgreSQL people are on Sun's payroll how's that going to turn out ?

A more interresting discussion is the future of Solaris one.. Oracle has always had an eye for Solaris.. one day it is their most important platform, the other day they tell the world Linux is their prime development platform, it often was a matter of who was quoted.

As for Unbreakable Oracle did a smart thing.. they learned that they should build a full operating system themselves but , so why should they want to do that with Solaris ?

LinuxWorld has an article where oracle states their idea about Linux :
What we are working to do in the data center ... is to make Linux the default for the data center OS," Screven said in a speech at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco. "We want there to be no question"

They suggest a merger between Solaris and Linux is a potential alternative .. so what do we need to merge .. you'd say ZFS and DTrace ..,but do we really need ZFS ?
There has been a lot of writing already about BTRFS being the next big filesystem, maybe it could make ZFS obsolete, maybe it couldn't ..

I got no clue on what's going to happen with .. so I`m really going to keep an eye on that one ..

In my opinion the real loser in this deal .. HP .. they don't have a full stack to play with .. They have the hardware, some management and monitoring software soon to be obsolete but no Operating System, no Database, no Appserver, no Apps. So what's their next move going to be ?

Oh and if you really want to talk figures Larry Augustin has a good take on it ... the idea that Oracle could sell off some parts to Hitachi EMC etc, get MySQL and Sun for Free ... then quietly wait for RedHat .. to get Jboss who knows :)

PS. I already blogged about the impact of the acquistion on the Virtualization area over at


Wisp's picture

#1 Wisp : There is a point of view,

There is a point of view, that business that covers many services is more stable and reliable. So maybe such companies share this point?.. Anyway, Oracle is powerful company, I fond of this brand...

Bye, Wisp.

Olly's picture

#2 Olly : Fully Integrated Systems

I always have to wonder why its such a good idea to have a business that delivers everything?
You need to be on top of the development, trends, research and so on for everything you sell. You can't just switch to another manufacturer to buy your stuff, as you need to "buy" from yourself.

I doubt Oracle is doing itself a favour here. There are good reasons why Sun failed, they couldn't decide on what to focus, HW or SW. How will Oracle balance that?

Michael's picture

#3 Michael : One stop shop

Alot of companies (at least here in scandinavian, no idea elsewhere) likes the idea of one stop shops, if something doesnt work, or doesnt work well together its just so much easier to call company 1, and say fix it i dont care where/what the problem is, just fix it, than having to call company 1, which tells the issues is with company 2, which claims the problem is with company 1, and so forth.

Arjen Lentz's picture

#4 Arjen Lentz : HP no OS

HP-UX ;-)

Kris Buytaert's picture

#5 Kris Buytaert : :)

At least someone understood :)