Oracle lifts covers off plan to integrate software with Sun boxes


Oracle lifts covers off plan to integrate software with Sun boxes

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Oracle has presented its vision for its $7.1 billion acquisition of Sun, which will see the company sell integrated hardware and software designed to lower IT operating costs and boost performance.

At an event in London today attended by over 500 of Oracle's customers and partners, David Callaghan, UK country leader at Oracle, said, "Oracle's strategy is about being complete, open and integrated, which brings value by broadening functionality and driving out risk."

By combining its software with Sun's server and storage hardware, Dermot O'Kelly, vice president of systems at Oracle said it was uniquely placed to offer users a fully integrated enterprise system from the application, middleware and database, through to the operating system, server and storage hardware.

He said, "Over 44,000 businesses run Oracle on Sun servers." These include businesses like  Pfizer, Barclays, Avis and Vocalink. "By combining Sun with Oracle,  we are changing the economies of running a data centre."

He said the combination of Oracle database and Sun hardware allows Oracle to develop systems that offer 500% faster the performance boost compared to optimising database software on its own.

This performance boost is possible due to technology like the Oracle's Exadata database appliance and systems built using Sun hardware and Sun's Flashfire, flash memory-based storage.

For large businesses, the complete software and hardware system Oracle will offer users will potentially cost millions of pounds.

As such, Oracle will be supporting these customers directly. O'Kelly, said, "Our major customers spend millions with us. It is our duty to talk to them directly. We will have a direct sales team for our major customer accounts."

In terms of Sun's technology, Oracle will continue to develop Sun's Sparc hardware and Solaris operating system. The company will focus on developing enterprise systems.

For Solaris. However, Oracle reassured users that will continue to support users running Sun's x86 servers and using Windows, instead of Solaris. Specifically, Oracle will develop Linux and Solaris systems for the SunFire 2200, 4100, 4200, 4400 and 4600 servers.

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