The father of Java and a longtime Sun Microsystems employee, Gosling left the company once it was acquired by Oracle. In the process, Gosling didn’t pull many punches in his criticism of Oracle and how it was handling the acquisition and integration of Sun technologies.
Here is the complete post from James Gosling’s blog on the topic:
Through some odd twists in the road over the past year, and a tardis encountered along the way, I find myself starting employment at Google today. One of the toughest things about life is making choices. I had a hard time saying “no” to a bunch of other excellent possibilities. I find it odd that this time I’m taking the road more travelled by, but it looks like interesting fun with huge leverage. I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon.
“Grumpy curmudgeon” is a good way to describe Gosling’s appearance at TheServerSide Java Symposium earlier this month, where he riffed on topics such as Java, cloud computing and social media.
Of course, probably most interesting about this news is that back in August, Oracle sued Google over Google’s use of Java. And now the father of Java is on Google’s side. There has been a lot of speculation around that lawsuit, including the claim that Google will end up owning Java as a result of the lawsuit.]]>
First, a few quotes from the call.
“The pipeline for Exalogic is building rapidly with customers building out their private clouds with both Exalogic and Exadata,” President Mark Hurd said. Regarding Exadata sales in the last quarter, Hurd said it was “pretty broad-based. There were a good number of quarter-racks in the quarter, which we look at as very positive in terms of seeing the future. We did see some adoption of (Exadata V2-8) in the quarter.” Finally, Hurd said this about Exadata: “It’s just good stuff. There is no secret here. The stuff works.”
In the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing Oracle filed for the quarter, it showed that Oracle’s hardware revenue increased 263% year over year. Wow, that seems great, doesn’t it? I guess, but you have to remember that it compares to the same quarter last year. That quarter was a time of turmoil, when Sun was on its last legs and Oracle had just acquired it.
As it turns out, the most recent quarterly hardware revenue numbers are the lowest Oracle has had in the last four quarters. Take a look at this chart I put together using SEC filings. It looks at Oracle hardware revenues, expenses and profit over the last four quarters (click for full-size):
As you can see, hardware revenues are down. But hardware profits are up. Why? Because Oracle has slashed operating expenses on the hardware side, both with systems and support. Over the last four quarters, Oracle hardware revenue has gone down 9%. But hardware expenses have dropped almost 23%. The result? Hardware profits are up about 6.5% over the last four quarters.
Now those are total hardware revenues. Oracle isn’t just selling Exadata and Exalogic. It is still selling commodity x86 and Sparc servers. And Oracle doesn’t break down the numbers specifically enough to know what servers are selling and which aren’t. So it’s possible that Exadata and Exalogic are selling while their commodity x86 and Sparc hardware are dive-bombing.
What we do know is that Oracle’s hardware revenue overall has declined over the last year. For more perspective, check out my colleague Barb Darrow’s post about how Oracle hardware remains a mystery over at the Channel Marker blog.]]>
“Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life,” the Oracle press release reads.
Intel thus far is denying Oracle’s claims, according to PC World.
If you run Oracle on Itanium or did at one time and migrated off, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to hear your story.
The news that Itanium – called “Itanic” first by The Register and then later by just about everyone other than Intel – might be dying comes as no surprise. Intel’s x86 processors have been constantly improving while releases of Itanium have been delayed time after time. Itanium was primarily used in large HP Unix servers running HP-UX.
That said, the most recent Gartner server numbers showed that IBM was the leader in RISC and Itanium Unix server sales with its Power-based servers, followed by Itanium-based HP and then, in third, Oracle’s Sparc-based servers.
“Oracle will continue to provide customers with support for existing versions of Oracle software products that already run on Itanium,” the release states.
But the intention is clear. If you’re running Oracle on Itanium, it’s time to develop a timeline for migrating off if you haven’t already done so.]]>
Some major modules of E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards are in this boat. From the story:
Support deadlines have been a hot topic among members of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and will surely also be at the group’s Collaborate 11 conference in April, said John Schmitz, who serves on the organization’s Customer Support Council.
Users have “a lot of concern” about the cost and complexity of upgrades, said Schmitz, who is also an E-Business Suite project leader at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s IT department. “I think they’d welcome all the help they can get.”
Oracle recently made a “big step forward” in this direction with the release of a number of detailed guides that walk customers through specific upgrade processes, Schmitz said.
Also check out SearchOracle.com’s recent story on whether the phrase Oracle Support is an oxymoron, and readers’ reactions to that story.]]>