On 20th April Oracle has eaten up another company. SUN Microsystems which was dangling around in the corridors of IBM, now at last got settled with Oracle on price of approximately $7.4 Billion in equity value or $9.50 per share in cash. Both companies have been collaborating in Java platform and have strategic relationships. Oracle has built up its faces specification ADF Faces which is based on Java Server Faces. Oracle also has JDeveloper IDE for Java in its stack. But after acquiring SUN, Oracle happens to add an operating system (Solaris) with a wide range of server systems (Spark) in its stack.
I am managing here the list of software products by both Oracle and SUN Microsystems. The list is not complete, will update if I found more information to add.
|Application Server||BEA Weblogic||Glassfish|
|SOA||Oracle SOA Suite||Open ESB|
|Single Sign-on||Oracle SSO||OpenSSO|
|Portal||BEA Portal Server||SUN Portal Server|
|Directory Services||Oracle Internet Directory||Open DS|
Now lets see how Oracle merge all SUN products into its products. There are certain question which arise with this acquisition;
- What will be the future of MySQL?
- What happen to other open source initiatives by SUN, like OpenOffice etc?
- What will be the status of community initiative, JCP (Java Community Process)?
- How Java developers and other open source circles take this acquisition?
Well the list can be goes on. But I think Oracle will regard the open source projects of SUN and will keep supporting the community working behind these projects. Being the biggest in proprietary database market and now the biggest in open source too, Oracle will support Java because of its middleware. There are good roads ahead. Resources: