Paul Venezia's InfoWorld expose' [see: http://www.infoworld.com/t/mergers-and-acquisitions/oracle-customers-sun-sun-who-751] details what is in store for Sun's current customer base post facto the Oracle acquisition. Oracle's CEO, Larry Ellison, claims Oracle+Sun will form the basis for Oracle to emulate IBM of the 1960s. This is a clear endorsement of IBM today, yet disregards market and technology realities existing fifty years ago, not today.
In the meantime, Oracle is engaging in tactics that will drive the last nail in the coffin for even SPARC/Solaris zealots. It was bad enough that Sun+Texas Instruments could not meet market performance windows for Sun's native UltraSPARC line of processors, leaving Sun SPARC customers having to choose between application specific UltraSPARC-Tx, Niagara-class based products or SPARC64 based servers from Fujitsu. Now, Oracle is increasing the service and maintenance costs of aging Sun products -- forcing Sun customers to upgrade. Upgrade to what?
Since the introduction of IBM's POWER5 in 2004, Sun's IBM sales playbook was predicated on the following golden rules:
* IBM will force you to upgrade your systems every two years, while at Sun we design our systems for a five year refresh cycle. [Translation: Sun needs to create a plausible excuse in face of IBM's technology and product development cycle being 2x faster than that of Sun.]
* IBM makes servers that are benchmark machines, while Sun servers are balanced systems. [Translation: Need non sequitur FUD in light of IBM's superior performance.]
* When IBM brings GBS into your data center, System Admins, Systems Programmers, DBAs, etc., will lose their jobs. [Translation: Make it personal, do whatever you can to stay with Sun and keep away from IBM -- or be layed off!]
Oracle, the company that wants to emulate IBM, is now violating Sun's own stated golden rules. This is not surprising. For the past decade Sun has claimed that the TPC-C OLTP industry-standard database benchmark is archaic and does not represent any aspect of the modern data center, and besides when run in a cluster you can simply add servers and storage until the desires numerical result is achieved. This was convenient for Sun since it had poor results on this benchmark. Oracle came along last fall, using a huge cluster of Sun's Niagara-based application-specific processors and claimed a world record TPC-C benchmark result.
If I were a Sun customer, I would be seriously considering transitioning away from another decade of techno-deception.
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