“With Sparc, we are committing to at least doubling performance levels every two years,” Oracle systems chief John Fowler said. “We will scale to thousands of threads and multiple terabytes of memory.”
All in all, if Oracle follows through on this, that is some impressive stuff. Oracle has been the brunt of some bad news in the wake of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, including poor server sales results and reports that IT shops are leaving the Sun hardware platform. Much of the worry revolving around Oracle-Sun earlier was its virtual nonexistent roadmaps for Sparc and Solaris.
Now that those are in place, Oracle has better ground to be able to retain existing Sun hardware customers, and possibly go out and get some more. We’ll see what happens.]]>
While Oracle has gained control of Sun technologies, the software giant has also lost some of the people key to their development. Could this hurt them down the road?
First it was Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, then Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps and then the ‘Father of Java’ James Gosling – and now, Bryan Cantrill, one of the authors of Sun’s DTrace technology, has left Oracle to “to venture again into something new.”
In Cantrill’s latest blog entry – which any mention of Oracle is noticeably absent from – he details his 14-year career with Sun, highlighting his involvement in Fishworks, and the Sun Storage 7000 series. In the July 25 post, titled “Good-bye, Sun,” he also expresses his gratitude to many of his Sun co-workers and what they taught him.
“One of Sun’s greatest strengths was that we technologists were never discouraged from interacting directly and candidly with our customers and users, and many of our most important innovations came from these relationships,” he wrote.
Is Cantrill implying that these relationships are something Oracle lacks? That’s what one article on H-online suggests, saying it may be an indication of the culture at Oracle, since “Oracle has developed a reputation for being very hard to communicate with.”
Still, this doesn’t seem to be anything that Oracle or Larry Ellison plan on changing soon. Since the Sun acquisition, lack of communication has become evident as customers are left wondering about Oracle’s future; for example, wary users are still without a clear roadmap for Solaris and OpenSolaris.
Even when Oracle does provide information — such as details about its stack computing strategy – customers have said that they’re not saying enough. The OpenSolaris governing board has also threatened to dissolve, citing a lack of communication between the Oracle and the OpenSolaris community.]]>
HP recently sent a letter to customers saying that Oracle was yanking HP’s Solaris support agreement. In addition, HP announced that it would not certify or support Solaris on its newest x86 ProLiant servers, the G7 line. Both bits of news indicate that the days of running Solaris on x86 gear that isn’t Oracle/Sun will become more rare as the years go by.
Back when Sun Microsystems was its own company, it made a serious push to run Solaris and OpenSolaris on as many platforms as possible – other x86 server hardware, for instance, and even on the mainframe. But now that Oracle has control of Sun, it seems as if Oracle wants Solaris to run on its own hardware, or not at all. At the very least, Oracle doesn’t want HP gaining profits by providing technical support for Solaris.
According to the letter HP sent to customers and which The Register got a copy of from a reader, HP support renewals for Solaris on ProLiant hardware will be allowed until July 1.
“As you may have heard, Oracle has exercised its right to terminate HP’s Solaris technical support agreement,” the letter reads. “If you have purchased Solaris 10 Subscriptions and Software Technical Support for HP ProLiant servers from HP, then you will continue to receive subscription support from Oracle and technical support from HP for the period of your contract. You will be able to purchase 1 and 3 year Solaris 10 Subscriptions and Support from HP until July1, 2010. No renewals will be accepted after this date. HP will deliver technical support through June 30, 2013. After that date, HP will no longer be in a position to provide Solaris technical support.”
A few years ago when Sun announced an agreement with IBM to run and support Solaris on x86 and the mainframe, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz did say their relationship with HP was at “arm’s length.” So perhaps support for Solaris will only die a quick death on HP x86 gear. The Register story did discover that Dell’s OEM support agreement remains intact, but there is no word on the situation with IBM and Fujitsu.]]>