Eye on Oracle

Apr 22 2009   5:27PM GMT

How will the Oracle-Sun deal affect you?

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Since the Monday morning announcement of the Oracle-Sun deal, we’ve already heard a lot about how the merger will affect Oracle: how it will help the software giant get ahead of IBM in a wide range of software and hardware markets, and help it better compete  against other archrivals in the enterprise Java arena, for example.

But what kind of effect will the deal actually have on the everyday life of IT professionals like you?

Site Editor Ed Scannell and I talked with Independent Oracle Users Group president Ian Abramson about the Oracle-Sun deal, including how the acquisition will affect the Oracle user community. Since the deal was just made this week, it’s difficult to accurately  predict its repercussions for users. But Abramson discussed some possible scenarios that the Oracle user community could see, including:

The Oracle-ization of Java: Abramson pointed out that while Oracle will gain greater control of Java, it may also take it one step further with an “Oracle-enhanced version”. He said that if Oracle repackaged and repurposed Java like it did with Linux, leaving the industry standard version alone, it could be beneficial to the Oracle community.

Lower maintenance costs: Abramson also said a reduction in support and maintenance fees is possible with the “consolidation of all these different support organizations, and Oracle’s ability to support a complete technology stack.” He thought this is something the user community is ultimately hoping for.

Other Oracle experts and analysts from around the Web have also weighed in on how Oracle’s latest acquisition will affect customers — especially with Java and MySQL. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com’s Leah Rosin examined the open source community’s reaction to the deal. While she found that many were worried about this being the end of MySQL, others more hopeful because of Oracle’s commitment to Linux.

Blogger Frederic Paul says that while the Oracle-Sun merger may result in more efficient technologies, it will also “reduce choice.” Still, he points out that nothing will change immediately and customers will have plenty of time to plan ahead.

And while many seem to think MySQL’s fate is sealed, many others – like analyst Michael Dortch— think Java should be safe. Analyst Dana Gardener agrees, pointing out that Oracle will keep Java to stay strong against its main Java competitor, IBM.

What was your reaction to the Oracle-Sun deal? How do you hope Oracle utilizes its new technologies? What are you most hopeful about? Worried about?

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