Tag: Oracle @en

R.I.P. Sun Ray

That’s bad news for me! Sun Ray will cease to exist soon. In the early 2000s we (me and my former colleague Fabio) managed some successful projects with Sun Rays but then it became more and more complicated to support end users and we left. I know, nowadays it is quite an unusable product. But It the ’90s and early 2000s it was a great piece of technology, ahead of its time. End users appreciated it for the security, ease of management and resiliency of the environment. It’s not a coincidence that first customers were banks and the army....

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Comment: why end users (and I) hate Oracle

Disclaimer: My company was a Sun Microsystems partner (that later became part of Oracle) but now I no longer have a business relationships with this company anymore. Before the end of the year I had a lunch with a couple of friends: one Oracle’s employee and one partner of the same company. We weren’t there to talk about the most hated software company (and perhaps the wealthiest one) of the market but, eventually we opened up and shared each other some anecdotes. All the IT vendors have their fanboys and detractors, but I think that Oracle (not its products)...

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Just a conjecture about Oracle hardware business

Last week I wrote a piece about Oracle and its new announcements in the hardware space, but, after a week I would like to add something more. Will Oracle drop the hardware manufacturing? Part of the presentation we watched last december 2nd was about the partnership between Oracle and Fujitsu (you will find the full video here): from now on, every Oracle server will be co-branded with Fujitsu (the manufacturer). John Fowler (Executive VP for systems) had a lot of kind words for Fujitsu and their partnership, showing a very long roadmap (up to 2015) about the SPARC64 development, jointly efforts and...

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Oracle’s mainframe style lock-in strategy

Last night Oracle announced their SPARC roadmap/strategy and a new so-called SuperCluster capable to run more than 30M TpmC! The event was hosted by Larry Ellison (Oracle’s CEO) and Jon Fowler (executive VP systems). about the announcement Hmmm! We all know, tpm-C is a very stupid, old and non-realistic benchmark but it’s still used to prove the theoretical horse power of DB machines, and yesterday we saw a gloating Larry showing the slide above: a “poor” 4M from HP, a “good enough” 10M coming from IBM and an “outstanding” 30M transaction per minute from Oracle! It’s a shiny number but the...

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