[SunHELP] Some thoughts?

Jerry K sun.mail.list47 at oryx.cc
Wed Apr 29 06:56:26 CDT 2009


I agree, Sun was probably well set to weather this economic downturn, 
and I also would have preferred them staying independent:


But things are where they are.  My initial though were, that I would 
have preferred that possibly Apple or Cisco, although I had not 
considered Oracle.  In hind site, Oracle will probably be a pretty good 

IMHO, the only way that IBM made any sense, is if IBM had finally 
decided to through the towel in on AIX.  I don't know how realistic that 
thought is/was, but consider that Solaris has recently been ported (and 
fully supported) on the IBM mainframe.

I work for a large retailer, and all of our Oracle databases are 
currently on AIX.  Prior to the Oracle buying Sun announcement, our 
DBA's were pushing to move off of AIX.  Their reasoning was that as new 
features appear in Oracle products, those new features show up in AIX 
dead last.  Disclaimer, I don't know if this is true or not, but that is 
what the DBA's I support tell me.

But back to the point, prior to the buy out announcement, we were 
considering Oracle databases on linux.  Now, with the Oracle buyout 
announcement, we have revised our migration plans and we are now looking 
at moving Oracle databases on Solaris.  If your crystal ball is fuzzy on 
this one, I can give you 7.5 billion reasons why Oracle on Solaris is a 
good idea moving forward.

But anyway, this is just my opinion, of which I am sure everyone else 
has a unique one of their own.  So with that firmly established, why not 
review the statements, direct from the horses mouth.


look that PDF over, and lets discuss this some more?


Alan Rubin wrote:
> I don't know if this is really appropriate on this list, but I know it
> wouldn't fly on Sun Managers.
> So, thoughts from some Sun admins on the sell-off?  Where do you think
> Sun will be in the future?  What do you think Oracle will do?  Oracle vs
> IBM as a buyer?
> I'd rather Sun stayed independent.  If they could scrape by for a couple
> more years, I think the seeds they've sewn with building a community
> (OpenSolaris, OSS-everything) plus their Open Storage plans would have
> really borne fruit.  I'd rather Oracle over IBM because at least there
> seems to be a reasonable chance that Solaris and SPARC (more important
> to me than X86 as an identity and legacy [and better product] of Sun)
> will continue as products, whereas IBM had too many competing lines
> (poor [and overpriced] cousins in my opinion) that they would not be
> willing to part with.  Oracle has a reputation for being cutthroat and
> I'm not entirely optimistic about them as owners.  Perhaps a Cisco or
> Apple or Google would have had more of a vested interest in maintaining
> the Sun brands and product suite over the long haul without cutting rope
> too soon.
> Alan
> ______________________
> *Alan Rubin*
> IT Consultant
> Email:rubin at frell.org
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