What Oracle Means For Java

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Oracle’s experience in Java could make it a better home for the technology than IBM, say insiders in the Java community

In an e-mail to Sun employees, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz said:

Oracle’s interest in Sun is very clear—they aspire to help customers simplify the development, deployment and operation of high value business systems, from applications all the way to datacenters. By acquiring Sun, Oracle will be well positioned to help customers solve the most complex technology problems related to running a business.

To me, this proposed acquisition totally redefines the industry, resetting the competitive landscape by creating a company with great reach, expertise and innovation. A combined Oracle/Sun will be capable of cultivating one of the world’s most vibrant and far reaching developer communities, accelerating the convergence of storage, networking and computing, and delivering one of the world’s most powerful and complete portfolios of business and technical software.

During a news conference announcing his company’s deal to acquire Sun, Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison said there were two software products that were instrumental in Oracle’s decision to acquire Sun: Solaris and Java.

“Java is one of the computer industry’s best-known brands and most widely deployed technologies,” Ellison said. “Oracle’s Fusion middleware is based on Sun’s Java technology, and we can increase investment in Java technology that is critical to our success in middleware. Java is the foundation of Oracle’s Fusion middleware and is the single most important software asset we have ever acquired.”

Charles Phillips, president of Oracle, said he expects Oracle to take advantage of inroads Sun has made with Java in embedded systems development, as well as to capitalize on the Java developer ecosystem after having inherited “the largest software development community in the industry.”

Mark Shuttleworth, CEO and founder of Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, said, “My expectation is there’ll be no reversal of the idea that Java should be as open and as widely available as possible. What is really interesting to me about this deal is that it really cements that open and free software are the major drivers in the industry today. The software ISV marketplace is consolidating at an extraordinary pace. Part of the reason for that is open source is dominating the innovation pipeline.”

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