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Oct 12 2009   3:13PM GMT

The real Top 10 from the Ellison-McNealy keynote

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

How does Sun Microsystems Chairman and Co-Founder Scott McNealy feel about Oracle buying his company?

It was clear in his keynote Sunday night that McNealy won’t have an easy time handing over his business — he called “going to work every day with my employees” the innovation he was most proud of — but the Sun head also seemed to have no reservations about the man he was handing it over to, calling Oracle CEO Larry Ellison “my hero.”

But before Ellison took the stage, McNealy gave the thousands in the audience two of his famous top 10 lists — “The top 10 signs that engineers have gone wild” and “The top 10 innovations from Sun.”  While McNealy did talk seriously about the future of Sun innovation, he also enjoyed poking light fun at Sun engineers, Oracle’s marketing team and even Ellison himself. When Ellison took the stage (so McNealy could reassure the audience he was “not making up” his optimistic outlook for Sun), he had plenty of his own IBM jokes, but also did not seem to want anyone to take his ‘we’re in it to win it’ message lightly.

Here’s our own top 10 list of the most memorable moments, quotes and quips from Scott and Larry’s keynote:

10.) McNealy says that #1 of ‘The top 10 signs that engineers have gone wild’ is that “someone came up with this crazy idea for a ‘Java Ring.'”

9.) Ellison puts his money where his mouth is when he claims that Sun runs Oracle twice as fast as IBM’s fastest computer:  He challenges any company to take a database application, and if it can’t run twice as fast as IBM, Oracle will give them $10 million. IBM is welcome to enter.

8.) McNealy jokes that the Oracle marketing team might have to come up with a better statement about the future of Java than “Java speaks for itself.” However, he does seem confident that Oracle will continue to innovate with SPARC and Solaris, saying that Oracle will spend more on these technologies than Sun did.

7.) McNealy on Ellison and Sun hardware: “I think Larry’s going to like his new toy.”

6.) ‘Father of Java’ James Gosling takes the stage to speak about the future of Java with Oracle, saying he thinks Oracle is committed to continuing to develop it.

5.) McNealy reassures the audience that MySQL is not going anywhere, pointing out that it competes with Microsoft SQL Server, not Oracle. Ellison later reiterates this, saying Oracle will spend more on MySQL than Sun.

4.) Ellison continually praises Sun, saying he is “very proud to be working with Sun to make sure all Oracle software runs better and faster on Solaris.”  He also praises Apple, saying that “they’ve done a terrific job of tackling the hardware problem with the software problem,” and thinks the combination of Oracle and Sun can do the same to “compete successfully against The Giant.”

3.) Oracle introduces a new storage product, the F5100 FlashFire Storage Array, which integrates flash and disk; Oracle claims its throughput and response time is four times faster.

2.) Ellison continues his attack on IBM and talks unapologetically about the ‘Oracle + Sun is Faster’ ad that the software giant was recently fined for. He said that IBM’s plan to “sunset” Oracle by stealing away Sun customers is not going to work: “Depending where you are on earth, one man’s sunset is another man’s sunrise.”

1.) McNealy’s last (and arguably most important) statement, telling the audience to enjoy Oracle OpenWorld: “Drinks are on Larry!”

What did you think of the Ellison-McNealy keynote and their claims?

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