Larry Ellison hasn’t lost his penchant for buying cool stuff. Oracle just bought Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion.
On April 20, 2009, Oracle announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems (Sun). The proposed transaction is subject to Sun stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.
The acquisition combines best-in-class enterprise software and mission-critical computing systems. Oracle plans to engineer and deliver an integrated system—applications to disk—where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves. Customers benefit as their system integration costs go down while system performance, reliability and security go up.
There’s of course the big Kahunas – Java and Solaris, but lets not forget that they also get MySql and the ability to fully integrate everything from application to hardware.
This begs the question – is Oracle going to be the Apple of Enterprise IT? An Oracle financials application which runs off of an Oracle DB running Java (now Oracle’s) middleware on Oracle hardware. With the powerful presence that the Oracle DB has in enterprise storage, I would not be surprised.
I’m also curious to see just how much pain 2 very large, very powerful and very different companies go through to integrate things. Both product portfolios are vast and confusing and will probably get worse before it gets better.