With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle now has a few things going for it, including something no other IT giant has -- not IBM, not Microsoft and not SAP. And lurking also are a few challenges.
So, that loud burp we heard was Oracle swallowing Sun with joy (although not, perhaps, with Joy -- Bill Joy, that is). Oracle paid a hefty price for Sun, but that's no great shakes compared with all the goodies Oracle gets from Sun's basket of gifts. Here are five them that stand out in particular, and which present Oracle and Oracle customers with unprecedented opportunity.
Along with these solid opportunities, though, there are some notable threats as well.
On a side note, IBM must be ruing this opportunity; getting control of Sun technologies would have been as valuable to IBM as not letting Oracle get a hold of them (see this blog from early last year). Oracle and IBM both now have a very wide and broad set of technologies -- more so than Microsoft of SAP -- and we can only hope that Oracle can do better at weaving a complete fabric from these than IBM seems to have done.With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle now has a few things going for it, including something no other IT giant has -- not IBM, not Microsoft, and not SAP. And lurking also are a few challenges.