Oracle, I and everything in between

April 20, 2009

oracle hits half century with Sun

Filed under: oracle,Random — Prakash @ 6:59 pm
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Today, Oracle announced that they will be acquiring Sun for $7.4 billion. Undoubtedly, the main reason behind the acquisition was Java (Larry describes it “the single most important software asset we have ever acquired”). Surprisingly, there was no mention of MySQL which came as part of Sun’s acquisition. Wonder what future holds for mysql.

Also, If this WSJ article is accurate, this was Oracle’s half century (50th). Oracle has roughly acquired one company a month since 2005. If history has any indicator of future, we will probably see 9-10 more acquisition before the year is over! 🙂

2005 11
2006 13
2007 12
2008 11
2009 2

September 30, 2008

On Cloud 9 or not

Filed under: oracle — Prakash @ 3:20 am
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Cloud computing is the latest buzz word these days. To be honest, it is so loosly used, sometimes I get confused what really is cloud?

Oracle recently announced partnership with Amazon Webservices (AWS) to deploy Oracle database and some softwares on cloud environment.The first use that comes to mind is temporary computing/server requirement during build, prototype, test phase of many projects where the environment can be made available quickly which is an otherwise very very lengthy process. You can find more details on Amazon website where Oracle has provided Amazon Machine Images (AMI). This isn’t a new concept but only recently has Oracle appeared in the cloud per se. Oracle licensing hasn’t changed which means that they are not trying to attract more customers. It is just another offering.

You can find some more thoughts on Oracle cloud computing here and here.

Above all, here is Larry’s take on cloud computing. I couldn’t agree more 🙂

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?

“We’ll make cloud computing announcements. I’m not going to fight this thing. But I don’t understand what we would do differently in the light of cloud computing other than change the wording of some of our ads. That’s my view.”

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