At an event held next Wednesday, Oracle is going to offer more detailed information about its plans for Sun Microsystems. The CEO Larry Ellison will host the event at the headquarters of Oracle in Redwook Shores, California and the executives will outline the strategy for absorbing sun, as well as the details about product road maps.
Last April, Oracle said that it planed to acquire Sun for US$7.4 billion. There have been some questions about the fate of many of Sun’s products, consisting of its Sparc servers as well as the MySQL open-source database which was acquired earlier.
The U.S. regulators approved the deal, but the European Commission, Europe’s top antitrust regulator, objected that Oracle’s ownership of MySQL would harm competition for database customers. After some times, the two sides approved to be nearing an accord, and the Commission is widely expected to approve the deal next Wednesday.
At its deal announcement, Oracle said it was really interested primarily in Sun’s Java and Solaris technologies, making people speculate that Ellison would sell off or shut down Sun’s hardware divisions. Because Sun consumers are nervously reviewing their vendor options, Oracle has provided assurances that it will continue to develop Sun’s Sparc processors and server hardware.
In one example of the type of products which are expected by analysts from the combined company, Oracle and Sun launched a high-end data warehousing and OLTP server last September which were developed together. This new product is called Exadata Database Machine 2 which combines database and storage software from Oracle with the Intel-based servers and flash memory technologies from Sun.
The integration of these technologies may be a theme next week. Oracle’s invitation says that those attending will study how customers will benefit from having all components, including hardware, operating system, database, middleware, and applications, engineered to work with each other.
However, there remain many questions. When the deal was announced, Sun was also in the midst of rolling out a set of cloud computing services which is similar to those of Amazon Web Services. Next week, customers will be likely to get answers for their questions.