Earlier today Oracle executives laid out their strategy for integrating Sun’s assets with Oracle. The whole event spanned over 4 hours. I’ll just update readers on the section that related to Sun’s open source assets.
The GlassFish application server will be repositioned to address departmental needs while the strategic Oracle WebLogic Server product will remain targeted at enterprise customers requiring performance and scalability. Long-time readers will recognize this strategy as one we’ve been using in the application server market with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and WebSphere Application Server. It’s a smart move on Oracle’s part because, as we’ve found, and as MySQL and Oracle DB usage shows. Customers have different middleware needs for different projects.
MySQL will continue to receive investment and be managed within the separate open source division at Sun. MySQL will also have a separate sales force. Recall that that GlassFish and WebLogic Server, which compete on paper, but address different use cases, will be sold by the same sales force. More specifically, GlassFish will be sold by the sales team responsible for selling Oracle’s strategic Fusion Middleware suite. And yet, Oracle has decided to put MySQL and Oracle DB into separate the divisions and assign a separate sales team to MySQL. Hopefully this is temporary and MySQL will be managed and sold by the Fusion Middleware division in the near future.
OpenOffice will continue to receive investment and will be managed within a separate business unit. There will be a focus on integrating OpenOffice with business intelligence and content management offerings.
Oracle announced that it has over 4000 customers that acquire Linux and Linux support from Oracle. Oracle expects to accelerate Sun’s Solaris efforts, but target their investment to drive Solaris further into mission critical workloads and focus less on x86 or the SMB market. While Oracle didn’t say this specifically, one has to wonder if Oracle’s Solaris investments will regulate Linux to something less than “mission critical” workloads, at least alongside Oracle DB. Frankly, I’d be surprised to see Oracle try to substitute Solaris into existing Oracle DB accounts running on Linux. More likely, Oracle will offer customers both choices and let them decide. Although Oracle will likely attempt to influence the decision through better performance and integration with Solaris.
Oracle intends to keep VirtualBox and allow users to crate images on their desktop that can be deployed into OracleVM pools.
Finally, there wasn’t much news about the future of Java, other than the fact that JavaOne will be held September 19-23, 2010 and will be collocated with Oracle Open World and also expand to local events in Brazil, China and India. While JavaOne will be collocated with Open World, they will be two separate conferences.
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