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The Oracle-Sun Buddyfest: What's It All Mean?

Larry Ellison Commits to Java For At Least Another Decade in "Town Hall Meeting" with Sun's McNealy

On the middleware front Ellison said that Oracle's entire middleware strategy will be built on Java and offered a 10-year commitment to the Java strategy.

Ellison emphasized "hot-swappable ease of use" for Oracle-Sun customers. In a toss-off remark that seemed to sail past McNealy (pictured), Ellison noted that if a hardware server should go down, everything would keep running. "It's unbreakable." On several occasions, McNealy emphasized ease of using by saying, of the Oracle-Sun package, "No IBM Global Services required."

McNealy indicated that the reborn relationship with Oracle will help "take the proprietary, high-cost moniker off Sun." A Sun spokesperson acknowledged that Sun's relatively high product cost, especially since the dot.com bust, had been instrumental in attaching the "proprietary" label to the company. Helping the company to shed that label has been the x86 Opteron platform championed by sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, according to the spokesperson. Ellison referred to this platform as "Andy's machines."

Ellison indicated that 95 percent of what Sun and Oracle do is "complimentary" and only 5 percent is "competitive." He qualified that assessment, however, by pointing out the two companies do compete within that 95 percent realm. And he also stressed that Oracle works closely with other platform partners. During this discussion, he almost let the Ray Noorda-coined term "coopetition" slip but held it in check.

McNealy noted that Sun was heading toward becoming an all-Oracle shop internally--"moving the whole company to Oracle." When asked what the town hall announcement meant vis-à-vis Microsoft, McNealy, again uncharacteristically, demurred, saying only that this wasn't the time or the place for such a discussion.

More Stories By John A. Barry

John A. Barry is a former managing editor of InfoWorld and former editor-in-chief of DBMS Magazine. He also worked for Sun Microsystems in the late 1980s, and is the author of Technobabble, the definitive guide to the use (and misuse) of language in the IT industry.

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