Oracle Channel Chief: We’ll Invest in SPARC, Solaris
At Oracle OpenWorld 2009, Channel Chief Judson Althoff opened his keynote by addressing the “small elephant in the room” — Oracle’s pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Here’s the scoop.
According to Althoff, Oracle will “invest more in SPARC [Sun’s microprocessor] than Sun ever has. We’ll invest more in Solaris [Sun’s Unix operating system] than Sun ever has.”
Of course, it’s difficult for Althoff to say much about Oracle’s takeover strategy of Sun, since the deal is still pending. But the Sun talk will surely continue here at OpenWorld — since Sun co-founder Scott McNealy is scheduled to appear here at the San Francisco conference later today.
No doubt, The VAR Guy has been skeptical of the pending Oracle-Sun combo — particularly since Windows, Linux and Intel offerings have been undercutting Sun’s core Solaris and SPARC businesses.
Still, Oracle has a track record for successful takeovers — from PeopleSoft to Siebel Systems. Will Oracle-Sun succeed? First, the deal needs to achieve regulatory approval.