A recent piece SearchSOA.com ran on the mega merger of Oracle and Sun heard from a number of users who saw a better competitive situation with Sun in the Oracle camp, as opposed to being the IBM camp. The takes are not all positive, however.
“I am not terribly happy with it,” said Reza Rahman, Independent Consultant and EJB specialist. “I would rather have seen a Sun-HP merger.”
“Sun merging with Oracle really cuts down the competitiveness in the application server market specifically and the software development market generally,” he said.
Some of Rahman’s concerns revolve around Glassfish, a Java server implementation that Sun appeared finally ready to run with.
“This basically takes Glassfish off the table. I expect it will basically be assimilated into the Oracle portfolio,” Rahman told me.
Still, Rahman concedes, Sun was in trouble, and, in turn, Java was in trouble.
He said: “This is preferable to the present situation where we have a weak Sun. It is just not a good situation as far as competiveness and innovation in the Java space goes.” It was not good to rely on a company with weak resources to lead the efforts for Java-based standards.